Center on Disability Studies

Councils

Three governing councils include the CDS Council, the Community Advisory Council (CAC), and the University Coordinating Council (UCC).  

CDS Council

The CDS Council plans biannual assemblies for all CDS personnel to attend with the purpose of community-building and heightening communication and accountability throughout the center.

The CDS Council is comprised of eight representatives from CDS including six faculty members, one Administrative, Professional, and Technical (APT) member, and one graduate assistant (GA). Faculty members typically serve two-year terms, and APT and GAs serve one-year terms. Every year, CDS conducts a center-wide election where faculty members nominate and elect fellow faculty members, APT personnel nominate and elect fellow APT personnel, and GAs nominate and elect other GAs. 

Sean Nagamatsu

Sean Nagamatsu

Faculty (Year 2), Chair
seandn@hawaii.edu

Lisa Maetani

Lisa Maetani

Faculty (Year 2)
maetani@hawaii.edu

Chin Lee

Chin Lee

Faculty (Year 1)
chinlee@hawaii.edu

Lauren Lum Ho

Lauren Lum Ho

Faculty (Year 1)
lauren.lumho@hawaii.edu

Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka

Naomi R. Tanaka

Faculty (Year 1)
nrombaoa@hawaii.edu

Lisa Eng

Lisa-Marie Eng

Sok-Han Monica Lau

Sok-Han Monica Lau

Graduate Assistant
sokhan@hawaii.edu

Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is composed of persons with disabilities, family members of persons with disabilities, and representatives of key community agencies. The CAC meets at least quarterly to review the work of the CDS, and provide input for strategic planning and agenda setting. Research on evidence-based practices is also shared with members of the CAC during these sessions.

University Coordinating Council​

The University Coordinating Council (UCC) is an internal university partnership that assures CDS programs are responsive to national initiatives and the university’s academic program objectives. UCC membership consists of representatives from departments, colleges, and programs at the University of Hawai‘i, which interface with training and research activities focused upon persons with disabilities and their families. The UCC meets bi-annually and supports the recruitment for and expansion of the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies and other CDS coursework.