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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

 

I know you’re all familiar with HPU’s mission to help prepare students to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society. Each of our degree programs approaches this mission in a different way, but one thing that all have in common is a way of looking at HPU as a global solution provider.
A case in point is our College of Liberal Arts, which includes a wide range of disciplines and programs united in the belief that a key part of solving global problems is educating world citizens who read and write effectively, think critically, work creatively with people of diverse backgrounds, and adapt nimbly to our changing world.
On the graduate level, HPU introduced its Masters of Education in Secondary Education in 2005 to address the shortage of teachers here in Hawai‘i and across the nation. Because recent federal legislation mandates that teachers be “highly qualified” in their discipline, HPU’s program was designed to combine extensive classroom and field experience and work with discipline experts on the HPU faculty to prepare new teachers who will make a real difference in classrooms everywhere.
The U.S. Army has turned to our Diplomacy and Military Studies (DMS) Program for solutions to a very different set of challenges. Mid-grade officers—majors and captains—enroll in our MADMS under the Army Civilian Schooling program. They study with us to broaden their horizons and develop knowledge and intellectual skills that will make them effective leaders as our military engages in reconstruction, infrastructure development, and local security forces training in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Other Liberal Arts degree programs give students opportunities to use classroom knowledge in real-world situations through practica and internships. Psychology students, for example, placed in mental health or human services settings—such as Hale Kipa, the Institute for Human Services, and the Waikiki Health Center—apply theory from their classes to clients’ psychological problems. Students in Justice Administration serve as volunteers in the State Legislature. While much of their time is devoted to making arrangements for committee meetings, including activities such as setting up sound systems or copying bills, they also get higher-profile assignments. In fact, one HPU student represented a legislator at a conference on Alzheimer’s disease looking for ways the Legislature can help victims and their caregivers.
These are just a few of the many ways HPU seeks to solve problems by educating for global citizenship.



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