Civil Rights CounselorQueen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services 210
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-4431
Fax: (808) 956-4541
The civil rights counselor advises students and employees on the UH’s complaint policies and procedures. The civil rights counselor also advises and counsels students and employees on their rights under state and federal nondiscrimination laws.
The civil rights counselor sets up alternative dispute resolutions and assists in solving disputes through informal procedures.
The civil rights counselor conducts training workshops system-wide covering policies, procedures, and laws pertaining to civil rights, affirmative action, and other discrimination issues.
Counseling and Student Development
Counseling and Student Development Center
The challenges of choosing the right career, achieving or maintaining one’s independence, relating successfully to others, and leading a happy and successful life converge during a student’s college years. College life adds the concerns of exams, term papers, quizzes, and class reports. Even students who are prepared to do their best in college may experience problems. The Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) provides the following services to assist students.
Students should choose their majors before they progress very far in their academic programs. Most students expect their academic studies to lead to specific careers upon graduation. Career counseling explores strengths and limitations, interests and values, personality and skills, and applies this understanding to developing academic and occupational plans. (See also “Career Development and Student Employment.”)
Some people occasionally, even regularly, feel worried, unhappy, and depressed. Lack of confidence, fear, low self-esteem, inability to get along with others, loneliness, not being able to cope with people and situations, and similar problems can be discussed with one of CSDC’s professional counselors. All matters discussed in counseling are confidential and will not affect academic standing.
People who find themselves seriously depressed, unable to control their behavior, or doing things they don’t understand may want and need psychiatric consultations. A talk with a counselor is recommended to determine whether psychiatric consultation is required.
Testing is frequently used as part of counseling to help students understand themselves better and plan their careers. Counselors will discuss which tests to take and interpret them after they are scored. In addition, the Testing Office now administers the computer-based GRE, TOEFL, and PRAXIS exams. An appointment to schedule an exam can be made over the phone with a major credit card, by calling (808) 956-3454, or with a check at the Testing Office, Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services, Room 307. Information about registration for paper-based admissions or certification exams, including SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, and PRAXIS also is available at this office.
Workshops and seminars to promote personal development and academic success are offered throughout the year. Stress management, assertiveness, improving self-esteem, career and life planning, and coping with difficult people are just a few of the topics that are available. Sessions to address specific needs can be developed and conducted at the request of faculty or a group of students.
CSDC provides consultation services for individual students, faculty, and groups that may need help in solving organizational problems, overcoming interpersonal difficulties, and planning staff development programs.
Gender Equity Counselor
The Gender Equity Counselor serves students, faculty, and staff members as a source for information, counseling, and advocacy on matters relating to sexual harassment and discrimination. The Gender Equity Counselor can help clarify issues relating to discrimination, develop long-term coping strategies, file informal complaints, and arrange informal resolutions. In addition, the Gender Equity Counselor can assist in filing formal complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Office or the Vice Chancellor for Students Office and provide additional resources and referrals when they are needed. The Gender Equity Counselor will answer questions, listen to complaints, offer advice on filing procedures, see that appropriate action is taken, and help protect grievants from retaliation.
The Gender Equity Counselor also offers training to the campus population on interpersonal, inter-gender, and cross-cultural communication; student, faculty, and staff rights and responsibilities, and other issues relating to sexual harassment in academia; and interpretation of state and federal guidelines and procedures. In addition, the Gender Equity Counselor offers general sexual harassment awareness workshops.
Students and faculty and staff members may contact the Gender Equity Counselor in person, by mail, or through e-mail.