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Hawai‘i Pacific University School of Social Work delivers professional development workshops and continuing education credits.

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Community Engagement Initiatives
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Faculty is available to co-lead program, practice, evaluation, and research initiatives with community partners, to provide technical assistance, or provide training in each of the resource areas.

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Perspectives on South Africa - Dr. Lorraine Marais

Welcome to the School of Social Work

Lorraine MaraisWe are delighted that you are interested in joining our Social Work community. The profession of social work is about change and innovation, and doing so from a time-tested base of knowledge, values and skills. Social workers have compassion for the needs of all people and a passion to influence and change unjust and unresponsive systems. In our rapidly diversifying world, social workers must reach out beyond their own comfort zones to help those in need – the reason why our area of concentration, Culturally-Competent Advanced Generalist, is so appropriate for the 21st century. The MSW emphasis is on Advanced Generalist practice, while the BSW program concentrates on the Generalist model of practice. Both programs aspire to prepare the profession’s future leaders and scholars.

We hope that you will choose to be among them.

Dr. Lorraine Marais, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Director, School of Social Work

Now accepting applications for fall 2014 MSW & BSW programs

Inquires for the BSW Program contact Dr. Michaela Rinkel, BSW Director at mrinkel@hpu.edu, or by phone at (808) 566-2489

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Inquires for the MSW Program contact Dr. Pattie Nishimoto, MSW Director at pnishimoto@hpu.edu, or by phone at (808) 544-1482

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Community Engagement Initiatives

The School of Social Work at Hawai‘i Pacific University fosters collaborative partnerships to provide vehicles for community engagement with the social and human services community of Hawai‘i and University faculty in order to make a significant impact on the needs of the community of Hawai‘i. 

The first initiative creates a resource opportunity which is available to respond to requests from community organizations, agencies, and programs for assistance with:

  • Program Planning and Development
  • Evaluation – guidance and assistance to carry out program, policy, and project evaluation.
  • Research – guidance and assistance to design and carry out research to address community and/ or agency needs.
  • Assessment – guidance and assistance to design and carry out community and agency needs assessment.

Faculty is available to co-lead program, practice, evaluation, and research initiatives with community partners, to provide technical assistance, or provide training in each of the resource areas. School of Social Work faculty expertise are matched to the needs expressed by programs and organizations within the community with an emphasis on including students in projects providing significant service learning opportunities.
Please address your questions to Dr. Michaela Rinkel, BSW Director at mrinkel@hpu.edu or Dr. Patricia Nishimoto, MSW Director at pnishimoto@hpu.edu. Detailed contact information can be found via the Faculty and Administration link.

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