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Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood will be one of seven speakers at Women’s History Month 2012 at Windward Community College, celebrating the important contributions of women from Hawai‘i and around the world. The line-up of speakers will focus on how education creates opportunity and healing for women.

Everyone is invited to participate in discussions with the distinguished speakers. All events are FREE and open to the public.Check back for updates. Contact for more information

Dr. VerlieAnn Malina-Wright

March 5 Monday, 4:00-5:00pm, Hale ‘Akoakoa 105

Dr. Malina-Wright has 42 years of education experiences in K-20 teaching, administration, and global leadership. Her personal platform is the economics of aloha (people, prosperous sustainability, balance through global interconnectedness and collaboration for indigenous self-determination). She is a global leader who has been able to vision the coherence of Native Hawaiian values and traditions as an asset to grow a more peaceful and sharing planet of aloha.

She is currently retired from The Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii State Department of Education, and adjunct faculty to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Education. She served as National Indian Education Association President, and Native Hawaiian Education Council Chairman.

She is the Co-chairmen of the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium, International Headquarters, Board Chairman of The Pacific American Foundation and President of the Wright Consultants, Inc.

She is a servant leader who is passionately committed to responsible Board volunteerism through due diligence, accountability and fiscal transparency.

Dr. Jamie Boyd

March 7 Wednesday, 1:00-2:00pm, Hale ‘Akoakoa 105

Dr. Jamie Boyd is the Health Programs Coordinator at Windward Community College. Using her combined experiences of running into major barriers along the path to completing her college education and experiences as a Family Nurse Practitioner working with the ill and poor, she designed the Pathway out of Poverty program to eliminate barriers to completing college while helping students to advance from CNA (Certified Nurse Aide) to LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) and RN (Registered Nurses) to get higher training and have a chance to earn a living wage and live healthy. The Pathway is a nationally recognized and award wining program.

Artist Esther Wilhelm

March 8 Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm, Hale ‘Akoakoa 105

Artist Esther Anne Wilhelm, is a product of rape, was abused, abandoned, is living with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and most recently, was severely injured in a hit-and-run car accident. While looking for her husband’s class at Honolulu Community College faith would have her run into art instructor Rebecca Horne who recognized Wilhelm’s suffering and encouraged her to enroll into art classes. Today, Esther uses her art to share her story with others as a form of healing. She is currently pursuing her Liberal Arts degree at Honolulu Community College. Her artwork has been featured at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. She is married to her best friend and companion for 9 years and resides in Kailua, Oahu.

Visit her gallery opening on February 16th at Manifest (more information)

Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood

March 12 Monday, 4:00-5:00pm, Hale ‘Akoakoa 105

M.R.C. Greenwood became the 14th president of the University of Hawai’i in August 2009. A national leader on science and technology policy and an expert on higher education policy issues, Greenwood served as associate director and consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and chairs the National Academies Policy and Global Affairs Division. As a member of state and national committees and councils, she has tackled issues from writing in America’s schools and biomedical careers for women to national security and ethics of the information society.

Read her full biography here.

Ilima Ho-Lastimosa

March 14 Wednesday, 1:00-2:00pm, Hale ‘Akoakoa 105

Ilima Ho-Lastimosa is a recent graduate of WCC and current student at UH-Manoa, seeking her BA in Hawaiian Studies. She is the Executive Director of God’s Country Waimanalo, a Native Hawaiian Youth Organization whose mission it is to Perpetuate ALL Things Hawaiian. She is a gardening facilitator with Growing Pono Schools, where she demonstrates organic gardening techniques and sustainable practices to elementary, intermediate, and high school students in the Kailua and Waimanalo communities, utilizing science, math, and community-service curriculum. She is also an Oahu Master Gardener. Currently, Ilima is deeply involved in food production using Aquaponics technology.

As a proponent of food sovereignty and sustainability, she desires to give the Waimanalo community the tools, knowledge and know-how to grow and consume food from the backyard. It has been a long, slow process, but more and more people have the same ambition to cultivate their own food at home!

Windy Keala McElroy, PhD

March 15 Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm, Hale ‘Akoakoa 105

Windy Keala McElroy is the owner and CEO of Keala Pono Archaeological Consulting, a cultural resource management firm with a staff of 15. Dr. McElroy received her AA from Windward in 1998, and her BA in 2000, MA in 2003, and PhD in 2007 from UH Mānoa. Her dissertation explored the development of irrigated agriculture in the remote Wailau Valley on Moloka‘i. This research was featured in the PBS series Pacific Clues, several local newspaper articles, and a Hawaiian language television news segment.

She has authored more than 100 publications, including academic articles, book chapters, technical reports, and papers presented at professional and community meetings. Dr. McElroy was raised in Waimānalo on O’ahu, and though her work has always focused on Hawai’i, she has been part of archaeological research projects that span the globe, from Belize, to the mainland U.S., to French Polynesia, Fiji, and Okinawa. She is an avid traveler and has just returned from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Chris Campbell

March 19 Monday, 11:30-12:45pm, Hale ‘Akoakoa 105

The artist was raised in New Orleans and moved to New York City to finish her medical training. Upon completing a fellowship in nuclear medicine at Harvard she retired from medicine to pursue her true passion – art. after studying painting at the art students league in NYC she had successful shows in NY, CT, NJ, and FL. however it was the move to Honolulu that caused an inspiring change and blossoming of her painting. Her medium is oils and her love of the islands is vividly captured in her works.