MANA (a concept, drawn from the cultures of Melanesia, Micronesia, 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.
- 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 Wednesday from 11:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom.
- Attend MANA events including but not limited to the Fall Welcome and the Mana Spring Celebration.
Mana Foundational Pillars
- Personal Development - Improve awareness and identity, develop talents, life skills, and potential.
- Community Centeredness - Sharing meaningful interactions with one another. Students can practice acceptance, tolerance, collaboration, and a shared respect for others that they can pass on and model for the surrounding community and future generations.
- Academic Achievement - Student success in meeting short and long-term educational goals.
How to Join MANA
For more information on these services and programs contact:
Student Services Coordinator, Academic Success and Equity (ASE) Programs
The Mana Program is a service of the Department of Student Equity. For general inquiries about all Student Equity programs and services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our main office at 760.757.2121 x6900.