Chamoru Roots In­spire 2 0 15 Wo Global Learn­ing Cham­pion

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / APRIL 1, 2015 / PAGE 3 -

Ka­pi­olani Com­mu­nity Col­lege tech­nol­ogy pro­fes­sor Mar y Th e r e s e Hat­tori is one of seven out­stand­ing Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii com­mu­nity col­lege fac­ulty to be named a 2015 Wo Global Learn­ing Cham­pion.

Hat­tori and six fel­low c h a mpi o n s from Wind­ward, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai cam­puses vis­ited New Zealand re­cently for a first-hand look at how cul­tural dif­fer­ences con­trib­ute to global ed­u­ca­tion. They learned ways of bet­ter serv­ing in­dige­nous stu­dents, which is a cause close to Hat­tori’s heart.

It’s been a busy spring s e meste r. A n a t ive o f Guam, Hat­tori also coor­ga­nized a Mi­crone­sian Col­lege Stu­dent Sum­mit March 29 at Honolulu Mu­seum of Art School. “We have much to learn from our Maori coun­ter­parts,” she said, not­ing that “as a Chamoru, I am very in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing stu­dents from the re­gion of Mi­crone­sia who en­roll in col­lege in Hawaii. Thi s p r o g r a m ( Global Learn­ing Cham-pi­ons) pro­vides re­sources that I can use to achieve this goal.”

Her doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion also is linked to the Cham­pion award: Cul­tur­ally Re­spon­sive Ed­u­ca­tional Tech­nol­ogy. Mean­whi l e , Hat t o r i d i r e c t s KCC’s cam­pus tech­nol­ogy ser­vices and l i ve s in Kuliouou with her hus­band and young son.

“My brother and I have long be­lieved that in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion is crit- ical to Hawaii’s suc­cess to­day and in the fu­ture,” stated Jim Wo, re­fer­ring to his and Bob Wo’s ini­tial Wo Learn­ing Cham­pi­ons Pro­gram of 2001 for com- mu­nity col­leges. This y e a r, the J a mes and Juanita C. Wo Foun­da­tion added the com­po­nent of global learn­ing and lead­er­ship.

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