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