A Cultural Exchange: Working with Micronesians in Hawai‘i's Social Services
Event ID: P12238
Info: Sep 14 • Fri • 9:00am-4:00pm • 1 mtg • UHM Campus Center 203A • $95 (General), $85 (NASW, SW student)
With: Jocelyn Howard
A lack of knowledge about the background of Micronesians has led to a breakdown of relationship building with and service provision for Micronesians. Develop new strategies for working with individuals, families and communities connected with the Micronesian population in Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Increase your understanding of Micronesian history, geography, core values, effects of adopted Western values on traditional heritage, and how these aspects are reshaping Micronesian cultures. Course addresses social issues of families migrating to Hawai‘i using lecture and small group activities. Course is designed for social workers and other helping professionals. No prerequisites.
Jocelyn Howard, BA, was born and raised in Namwonwito Atoll in Chuuk. She graduated from Xavier High School, Jesuit School in Micronesia; studied Anthropology, Biology, and Pacific Island Studies at UH-Hilo; and earned a BA degree in Anthropology and a Certificate in Pacific Island Studies and is currently working on her Masters degree in Social Work at University oif University of Hawai‘i Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. One of the founders of the Micronesian Cultural Awareness Program (MCAP) she is also an active member of the Nation of Micronesia, Micronesian Community Network, and Micronesian Health Advisory Council. She was previously the Program Coordinator for Imi Loa Program, Immigrant Employment, at Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc. She is founder of Young Voyagers, a youth and kupuna organization working with olelo to express stories and preserve their culture through media. Jocelyn considers herself lucky to have been raised by her grandparents, to have grown up Namwonweito Atoll, and educated in western colleges.
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