MANA (a concept, drawn from the cultures of Melanesia and Polynesia, describing a powerful, miraculous force) is a program that builds a community among Pacific Islander students that offers many support services toward academic goals. MANA is a program that provides students with a platform to higher education while offering academic support. MANA is a learning community in which students in the program take courses together that are linked to enhance students’ experiences and make connections between courses, instructors, and their classmates. All MANA students benefit from having designated academic and financial aid counselors, university visits, and other opportunities for student leadership.
See the Mana flyer
- Academic, career, transfer, & personal counseling
- Financial aid and Scholarships
- School supplies
- 4-year university trips
- Referrals to community resources
- Bus passes/ Parking Passes
- Assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Grant (FAFSA) or DREAM Application
- Maintain enrollment in MANA cohort courses each semester
- Maintain 2.5 GPA
- Attend all Fale Fonos (meetings) during the semester [Fale Fono translates to “house meeting” in Samoan]. This bi-weekly Mana community space is an opportunity for students to engage in dialogue about topics and issues that are directly tied to their unique experiences as Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students in higher education. All are welcome to attend Fale Fono every other Tuesdays from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in Aztlan (Student Center, Oceanside Campus).
- Complete MANA orientation
How to Join MANA
Students who are interested in the program, please contact Cristine Sidela via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend the MANA Conference
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Email email@example.com for questions and details.