Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
AAUW Honolulu began over a century ago with a small band of women college graduates who sought to “promote the ideals of higher education”. Building upon this legacy, today’s AAUW Honolulu seeks a broader mission and purpose. Through community partnerships, programming, and scholarship and grant opportunities, AAUW Honolulu strives to advance gender equity throughout our island home.
In 2020, as the country reflected on the roots of systemic racism, we too examined our organization’s history and relationship with the community. The outcome of these discussions was the honest realization that by asking questions and listening deeply we can make our impact even stronger. This year AAUW Honolulu has secured a consultant to help us explore relevant issues surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our goal is to better understand the barriers that women in Hawai’i face and how AAUW Honolulu can use its resources to engage and support all local women.
As we approach this work, AAUW will be examining its programs and offerings through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens, including:
Career and Leadership Development Grants
Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships
Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship
Social Media, Communications, and Marketing
Membership Engagement Activities (Talk Story Tuesday, Equity Network, Book Club)
Community Partnerships (Girls Talk Back, UH Internship Program)
We invite you as an AAUW Honolulu supporter to join us as we reflect and commit to broadening our scope of impact among the women of our community. As always, we welcome your feedback and participation. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how AAUW Honolulu is working to support equity for all and how you can be a part of the process.
Officers and Board Members
AAUW Honolulu Branch is an all volunteer organization. Without the dedication of these volunteers, we could not provide much needed scholarships, grants, and programs to empower women and girls of Hawaii. Thank you to our awesome volunteers!
Valerie T. Lam
Governing and Planning Documents
Jean Evans, Chair
Janet Morse, Past Chair
Tweet Coleman, Founder
Nobi Buntin, Chair
Janet Morse, Past Chair
Hope Bennett, Chair
Ana Malia Kia
Atina Pascua, Director at UHM and Co-Chair
Denise Pierson, Advisor at KCC and Co-Chair
Liane Akana, UH Manoa Mentor
Younghee Overly, Co-Chair
Susannah Lee Kandikatti
(in partnership with Ceeds of Peace and Women's Fund of Hawaii)
Anna Viggiano, Co-Chair Younghee Overly, Co-Chair Hope Bennett, Mentor Loretta Chen, Mentor Lauren Kaupp, Mentor
Raven Sevilleja, Mentor
Younghee Overly, Chair
Candice Min (consultant)