Chamoru Roots Inspire 2 0 15 Wo Global Learning Champion
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.