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Chaminade University of Honolulu

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
3140 Waialae Ave
Honolulu , Hawaii 96816
(808) 735-4711
Email address
School Information
Chaminade University of Honolulu is a private Marianist university in Honolulu, Hawaii. Founded in 1955 by the Society of Mary, Chaminade is located in Kaimuki, Honolulu at the base of St. Louis Heights. Chaminade offers bachelor's degrees in 23 fields of study and five master's degree programs. The school specializes in biology, business, criminal justice, education, forensic sciences, interior design, nursing, and religious studies. Chaminade University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
General Information
Chaminade University offers multiple lectures that covers systemic racism and privilege. The university is involved in a program to compete for grants based on "inclusive excellence" initiatives to increase diversity. The President released a statement to the community after George Floyd's death condemning "institutional racism" in America. The school now offers a class on stereotyping of marginalized groups. There is no evidence Chaminade requires students or faculty to participate in critical race theory-related training.

Actions Taken

Program and Research Funding
  • CU is a "proud member" of the "Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Inclusive Excellence initiative." It "seeks to catalyze a culture of inclusion in science education through identifying opportunities to build campus capacity for inclusion of students from diverse backgrounds, engaging in the process of institutional culture change, and reflecting on the impact of these efforts." It awards grants based on efforts to increase diversity.
  • On October 13, 2020, as part of CU's "Mackey Marianist Lecture series," Fr. Alapaki Kim "sheds light on systemic racism and the commonalities and differences in issues of race as it pertains to the Mainland and Hawaii."
  • CU offers a course called "Evaluation and Treatment of Diverse and Marginalized Populations." This course "is designed to sensitize the student to the presence of cultural and racial stereotypes that interfere with optimal understanding and treatment of racial and ethnic population in American society."
Symbolic Actions
  • On October 14, 2021, as part of CU's "Mackey Marianist Lecture series," Fr. Dan Horan spoke about the "Catholic response to racism, climate change, and other societal injustices." He previously wrote a book titled "A White Catholic's Guide to Racism and Privilege."
  • On June 4, 2020, President Lynn Babington released a "Statement Regarding Unrest Across the Nation." She called for an "end to the institutional racism that has plagued our nation for far too long."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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