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Second in the series "Engaging Student Voices"


Calling all students - It is time to Act!

Recorded on Thursday April 16, 2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Zoom



  • Opening remarks - Dr. David Lassner, President of the University of Hawaiʻi System
  •  Remarks - Jessica Imotichey, Partnership Specialist, coordinator with the US Census/Native American and Tribal Governments
  • PSA - 2020 Census
  • The US census and its research potential - Dr. Robert Franco, Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Professor of Pacific Anthropology at Kapiʻolani Community College
  • The US Census and the Pacific - Keynote speakers: US Census Hawaiʻi Partnership Specialists, Elisapeta Alaimaleata and Sharlette Poe
  • Q&A - via zoom video and chat 
  • Closing



Gingerlei Porter from the Social Sciences Research Institute's Telecommunications and Social Informatics Research Program / Pacific Health Informatics and Data Center (TASI/PHIDC); and Dr. Ulla Hasager, Director of Civic Engagement for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Social Sciences.



Elisapeta Tuupo Alaimaleata, is a Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau.  She and her husband have raised 5 children while he served in the U.S. Military for 18 years. Two of her keikis currently attends UH Mānoa. She obtained her BA and MA in Education from the UHM and is a member of UH Alumni Association.  She worked as a grad-assistant then later a Junior Specialist at the UHM Center on Disability Studies 1999-2010. In 2008, she founded Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center in Hawaii, a non-profit community-based language school. Her advocacy work to help Samoan children in the State of Hawaiʻi developed partnerships with Hawaii DOE via the 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the Hawaii Afterschool Alliance. She conceptualized and co-founded the first International Samoan Language Symposium hosted at UHM in 2016, now a sustained initiative in the nation. She wrote the first ANA Language Preservation & Maintenance grant for Samoan language funded by the Administration for Children and Families in 2013-2016. She was selected as one of Inspiring Pacific Women of the Pacific by the South Pacific Community in 2017. Email:


Sharlette Poe is one of seven Partnership Specialists in Hawaii with the US Census Bureau and serves as Team Lead. She is also a small business owner, a community organizer and convener, and an advocate for generational prosperity. With her family now in the 7th generation in the Waiʻanae Moku (Hawaii 96792) she is especially passionate about contributing positive and impactful growth to and pono development of her community. Sharlette was a former Board member of Ke Ola Mamo; is a current member of the Waianae Valley Homestead Community Association Board, serves on the Advisory Board for Ka Papa ‘O Kakuhihewa, and is the current Chair for the Waianae Neighborhood Board. Email:



For college students:

COVID-19 adjustments:

PSAs shown: (.5 min) and (7 min)

Dr. Francoʻs talk:  

If you are interested in tracking our State of Hawai'i progress in real time, check out these links: Census Live Self-response link:

State of Hawaii Website Census tracker updates:


About the UHM TOWN HALL Series: Engaging Student Voices"

The University of Hawaiʻi ILO Implementation Committee has taken the initiative to a Town Hall series at UHM as an alternative way to strengthen our institutional learning objectives. The first Town Hall took place on 9/25/19 at the initiative of Atina Pascua of UHM OCCE/ILOIC with a focus on "Food Insecurity and Sustainability in Hawaiʻi."  About 300 participated in the event. 



Please contact Dr. Ulla Hasager, 808 330 1276.



We have the support from a number of entities including the leadership of University of Hawaiʻi. From UHM: the Institutional Learning Objectives Implementation Committee, the Native Hawaiian Student Services, and the UHM Office of Civic and Community Engagement (OCCE). Also supporting are leaders of the College of Social Sciences and the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, CPIS faculty, the Telecommunications and Social Informatics Research Program/Pacific Health Informatics and Data Center (TASI/PHIDC) under the Social Science Research Institute, and several other units in CSS, including ACCESS (Advising, Civic, and Community Engagement in the Social Sciences) and the CSS Program for Civic Engagement. From KCC Kapiʻolani Community College: the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the Service & Sustainability Learning Program, and the Library & Learning Resources.

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