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by Carlos Juarez, dean, College of International Studies


HPU Students are gaining valuable “inside” perspective on local politics in a spring 2008 course taught by City Councilmember Charles Djou.

The course, PSCI 3415 State and Local Government, surveys state and local governments in the United States with a special emphasis on the state of Hawai‘i and city and county of Honolulu governments.

“ It’s an extremely valuable opportunity for our students to learn about the inner workings of government first-hand by an elected official,” said Dr. Carlos Juarez, dean of the College of International Studies.

In a recent class, students heard a guest lecture by state Senator Les Ihara, Jr., (D-9th, Palolo, Kaimuki, St. Louis Heights, Kapahulu), Senate Majority Policy Leader, who encouraged them to get involved in politics at any level, whether local, state, national, or international.

Djou is a member of the Honolulu City Council, representing District IV (Waikiki and East Honolulu), and helps to formulate the $2.4 billion annual budget and determine public policy for the 12th largest city in the United States.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he graduated with distinction with his B.S. in economics from the Wharton School and his B.A. in political science, graduating first in his class.

Djou received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in Los Angeles and is an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at the University of Hawai‘i’s Richardson School of Law. He is also a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve’s Judge Advocate General Corps, where he serves with the 22nd LSO as a trial defense counsel.



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