Our History · Our Way

The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa focuses on comparative analyses of racial and ethnic groups and inequalities among them through the lens of social justice. We take an ʻāina (land) and ocean-based approach to our four focal areas—migration, social justice, oceanic connections, and engagement. Our research and teaching are interdisciplinary and transnational. As ethnic studies scholars, we specialize in race and ethnicity as they intersect with indigeneity, class, gender, and sexuality in Hawaiʻi, the United States, and Oceania.

Our department offers a major (BA) and a certificate in ethnic studies as well as a combined Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree (BAM) in ethnic studies and education Our undergraduate program foregrounds civic engagement and service learning to foster thoughtful and compassionate leaders and stewards of the ʻāina. We train our students to imagine and craft responsible and sustainable alternatives to local, regional, national, and global problems.

Hali'a Aloha Colette Yvette Pi'ipi'i Machado

Fond Aloha to Colette Machado, a former student and staunch supporter of ES. 

At every point that we needed community support, she was up front and a strong advocate - often the inspirational speaker at our anniversary celebrations.

"Talking Story: A Panel on the Bamboo Ridge Oral History Project"
Eric Chock and Darrell Lum, founding editors
Juliet Kono, current editor-in-chief
Jean Toyama, past guest editor, lead on the Bamboo Ridge preservation project 
Moderated by Donald Carriera Ching and Ken Tokuno

Happening today at 3pm. Registration link in bio.

Automating Banishment: Data-Driven Policing, Gentrification Criminalizing Houselessness
April 6, 3pm-5pm HST via zoom, registration link in bio.
Join us for a virtual workshop on data-driven policing, houselessness, and real estate development with the @stoplapdspying

***Tomorrow*** at 3pm we are cosponsoring this talk with Nitasha Tamar Sharma entitled Whose Lane? “Agency and Military Occupation in the Black Pacific.” Join virtually at the link in bio, or join in person at Crawford Hall 115 at UH Mānoa. @ManoaAnthro

**ES students** apply to the Roland Kotani Scholarship fund by April 17, 2022. Search Roland Kotani in your Star account or email Professor Monisha Das Gupta for more info.

Queer Studies Speaker Series presents (and Ethnic Studies co-sponsored)

“Use What Get: Three Lessons from an Anarchist Māhū Anthropologist”

With Dr. Tatiana Kalaniʻōpua Young

April 13, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration required -link in bio

Vigil happening today on International Women’s Day. 4:30 meet @ Father Damien Statue. Check out @ESSA_Hawaii on IG for livestream.

Our Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA) is cosponsoring this event with Samaya Awad today on campus. Hope to see you there.

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