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 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) 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
- Field trips to 4-year universities
- Referrals to community resources
- Bus passes/ Parking passes
- Job training and career opportunities
- Classes for, by, and about NHPI history and culture
- Assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Grant (FAFSA) or DREAM Application
Mana is one of the Academic Success & Equity (ASE) programs. ASE programs offer professional development workshops and promote a career and life planning course open to all ASE students. These curricular and co-curricular offerings promote and help students make effective decisions regarding their career and life choices, increasing their employability.
- Maintain enrollment in Mana cohort courses each semester
- Maintain 2.5 GPA
- Participate in all Talanoa meetings during the semester. This 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. Talanoas also regularly feature guest speakers from the NHPI community, including artists, activists, and experts. All are welcome to attend Talanoa every other Wednesday from 11:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom. "Fale fono" are special meetings outside of the regularly scheduled Talanoa meetings.
- Attend Mana events including but not limited to the Fall Welcome and the Mana Spring Celebration.
Mana Foundational Pillars
- Personal Development - Develop life skills, potential for growth, awareness and pride as an NHPI scholar.
- Community Centeredness - 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 - Develop communication and study skills to achieve short- and long-term educational goals that forge new paths for NHPI scholars in higher education.
How to Join Mana
Students who are interested in the program, please contact Cindy Arce via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information on these services and programs contact:
Student Services Coordinator, Academic Success and Equity (ASE) Programs
Counselor/Co-coordinator, Mana Program
Dr. Jade Hidle
Mana English Instructor/Co-coordinator
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 email@example.com or call our main office at 760.757.2121 x6900.