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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright


The College plays a leading role in developing student awareness of and understanding about global issues, not only by offering courses in these topics, but also through facultysponsored forums that engage students in ongoing discussion of international affairs. For example, the college recently hosted visiting group of security scholars from Korean, the Philippines, and South Asia. These international visitors were sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and they shared their expertise with faculty and students who were able to experience a valuable form of diplomacy in action.

The college also works on a daily basis to develop multicultural consciousness at HPU. The Center for English Language Programs offers international students an important acculturation into the HPU community, and also serves as a laboratory for training teachers in the college’s TESL programs. Our modern languages—Arabic, Chinese, French, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish—open new cultural vistas through the study of languages and their associated cultures. For 2006-2007 the college is hosting a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Libya who is serving as a cultural ambassador to promote greater understanding of the Arabic language and the Muslim world.

Another important college initiative is the upcoming Student Symposium on Global Citizenship, scheduled for Oct. 28. The symposium is a student-centered and student-driven program that, in coordination with the Office of Student Life, brings together faculty and students to address some of the challenges and responsibilities of living in a global society. What does it mean to be a global citizen? What can students do to offer solutions and ideas about our interdependent world? These are some of the questions addressed in the forthcoming symposium, a valuable opportunity to learn from the many perspectives offered by our diverse student body.

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