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  • Locations: Lihue, Hawaii, United States; Waimea, Hawaii, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Spend 10 days at Hale Puna in Waimea, Kuamo’o Farm in Kalaheo, and with the Native Wellness Institute in Lihue on the island of Kauai immersed in place-based teachings to advance forward social change efforts for Indigenous health equity that reclaims Indigenous values, traditions, bodies, languages, and sacred lands (Jacob, 2014, page 107). Intergenerational approaches will be used to connect students with Indigenous elders and community members to restore sacred lands, gardens, and structures in work being led by Kuamo’ Farms.

During the first few days, students will engage in on-ground activism and community-based service as a mechanism to put into action a vision of social justice and resistance to counter and heal the damages of settler colonialism as a root cause of Indigenous health inequities. Then, students will spend several days engaging with the Native Wellness Institute to explore topics of colonial trauma, individual-collective healing, and Indigenous wisdom build healthy Indigenous communities and thriving future generations. Relational worldview will guide student relating to- and connecting with- Indigenous core values, including abundance based thinking, patience, doing our best through nurturing work, love, generosity, humility, to build a vision strong, resurgent Indigenous communities.

This framework along with activities including sharing and hearing stories, cooking, reading, journaling, cultural activities, working the land, building structures, hiking, swimming, and laughing, will foster student actions for critical thinking, reflection and service. Through these acts of decolonization, students become the catalyst to disempower colonial logics and systems through their emergence as future Indigenous leaders, equipped with the knowledges and tools to envision and bring forth thriving Indigenous communities.
Course Framework of Relationship: Promoting Indigenous health equity by connecting to culture, land, activism to promote Indigenous resurgence, empowerment and healing.

Our work will be grounded in Indigenous values and place-based pedagogy and through applied, community, and relational ways. Students will gain awareness and use a reflexive process to consider the intersection of their own cultural values and those of where the work is taking place. Using a strengths-based approach, students will gain insight and (re-remember) that Indigenous people are abundant thinking and doing, and the central feature of relationship for the production and meaning making of knowledge that flows from connection to place, culture, experiences, community, and ancestors. As emerging leaders for social justice and Indigenous health equity, students will explore trauma informed approaches and decolonized efforts for Indigenous health equity where the “researcher” acknowledges the opportunity to promote a cycle of healing when the separation between researcher-research project-data-and solution-community are not separated.

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Faculty Leader Kelly Gonzales
Professor of Community Health
OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (PHE)
Travel Dates September 16-25, 2020
Areas of Study This program is open to all students, but is especially relevant for the following majors:
  • School of Public Health
  • Indigenous Nations Studies
  • Social Work
  • Environmental Science
Course & Credit SPH 410/510*
4 credits

*pending approval
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  English
Housing Students will be housed in shared apartments with other program participants
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Postbaccalaureate 
Preference is given to degree-seeking PSU students.
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Pre-Requisites None, but it is preferred that students complete at least the Introduction to Indigenous Studies or the Indigenous Health courses within the School of Public Health
Considerations If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate due to these considerations, please contact the Advisor responsible for this program. 
Application Process
(PSU Students)
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript (from Banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
Application Process
(Non-PSU Students)
$3,820 $1,010 $4,830
  • 4 Credits
  • Accommodations
  • Flight between Oahu & Kauai
  • Registration fees for training workshop at the Native Wellness Institute
  • Local transportation
  • Some Meals
    • 4 lunches
    • 3 breakfasts
  • 24/7 student support 
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 


This program is currently not accepting applications.