The Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i (ASUH) have voiced their support for a Peace Corps Prep program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and their opposition to post-presidential election riots.
Established in 2007, Peace Corps Prep programs, according to a resolution passed by ASUH’s general senate, are programs in which students prepare for potential Peace Corps service through existing curriculum. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate from the Peace Corps.
Jannah Dela Cruz, vice president of ASUH and introducer of the resolution, argues that UH has a history of commitment to service and exposing students to international and cultural practices.
Her resolution also calls for the Prep program to be partnered with the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. She also argues that by preparing students for Peace Corps service, the program is giving them more post-graduate opporunities.
According to the Peace Corps website, Peace Corps Prep programs are supposed to help students develop the Corps’ “four core competencies” which are sector-specific skills, foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence and leadership skills.
Universities with Prep programs include Purdue University, American University, Tulane University and the University of Virginia.
ASUH Treasurer Maggie Hinshaw, and Senators Shanda Delos Reyes and Micah Leval introduced a resolution, which was passed, in opposition to the riots that occurred in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential victory, despite none having occurred in Hawai‘i.
ASUH’s committee on Undergraduate Academic Affairs also announced that it has awarded $3,591.12 to 12 undergraduate students for them to purchase graduate test prep materials. The greatest amount awarded was $497 and the least was $149.49.
Other ASUH news
The senate’s finance committee is also reviewing a bill to appropriate funds for their AS(YOU)H events in January 2017. These events are set up for ASUH members to meet with the student body and hear their concerns while providing food and prizes. Currently, the bill is asking for $4,000.
ASUH is reviewing a resolution introduced by Senator-at-Large David Enriquez, Hinshaw, Leval and Delos Reyes commemorating exiting-State Senator Sam Slom for 20 years of public service.
Slom represents District 9 which includes Hawai‘i Kai, Kuli‘ou‘ou, Niu Valley, ‘Aina Haina, Wai‘alae-Kahala and Diamond Head. He was the state Senate’s only Republican member and was defeated in November by Stanley Chang.
The senate’s internal affairs committee has completed its review of a complaint filed against Senator David Labrador which calls for the senator’s removal from ASUH. The committee decided that the complaint will advance to a hearing.
The complaint alleges that Labrador has neglected to perform those duties of an ASUH senator that pertain to attendance.