College of Health and Society (CHS) Launches Legacy Speaker Series

Initiated in Fall 2019 by CHS Dean Halaevalu Vakalahi, PhD, this legacy series provides the opportunity for CHS students and alumni to engage a dynamic and well-known scholar and educator from the disciplines of social work, public health, and nursing in the discussion of social and economic justice issues. The first keynote speaker Iris Carlton-LaNey, PhD, of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Social Work, delivered a talk on social work advocacy, focusing on the work of a Hawai‘i social welfare pioneer, the late Clorinda Low Lucas. Low Lucas had a more than 40-year career in social work, starting in the 1920s. The Wednesday, Nov. 6 event, included a networking reception with the lecture co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific University, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, and the National Association of Social Workers, was held at the Entrepreneur Sandbox in Kaka‘ako. Pictured from left to right: Robin Arndt (Coordinator,Field Education/Continuing Education, UH Mānoa MBT School of Social Work), Dr. Halaevalu Vakalahi (Dean, HPU CHS), Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey (UNC Chapel Hill Berg-Beach Distinguished Professor of Community Social Work), Sonja Bigalke-Bannon (Executive Director NASW Hawai'i/CHS Advisory Board Member), Jessica Garlock (Director of Field Education, HPU School of Social Work)