SOEST MAILE MENTORING BRIDGE: BRINGING NATIVE HAWAIIANS INTO SCIENCE
In Fall 2013, a new mentoring program was launched at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). The SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge aims to support Native Hawaiians throughout their undergraduate years through mentoring relationships that offer encouragement and the sharing of academic and non-academic knowledge. Each Native Hawaiian undergraduate is paired with a hand-picked mentor, who is an underrepresented SOEST graduate student, post-doctoral researcher or recent graduate. The undergraduates are current or prospective SOEST majors. A key partnership with Kapiolani Community College's (KCC) STEM program, forged through participation in the KCC Summer Bridge program, connects us to prospective SOEST majors. These students are encouraged to join the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge program in their second year at KCC to ease their transition to the much larger University environment. Additionally, the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge provides valuable training to mentors, by exposing them to Hawaiian culture and providing culturally relevant mentoring training from underrepresented STEM professionals. Future plans include forging partnerships with high schools and other community colleges.
Choy, C. A., University of Hawaii, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Noa, K., Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaii System, USA, email@example.com
Bruno, B. C., University of Hawaii, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
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