UCEDD HI Emerging Leaders Trainee Program

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Project Dates

2021 – Present

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The goal of the UCEDD HI Emerging Leaders Trainee program is to build leadership capacity within the UCEDD of diverse individuals with a commitment to collaborating and positively impacting the lives of people with disabilities. Trainees will advance their knowledge of the core functions of University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities through: Interdisciplinary pre-service preparation and continuing education; research; information dissemination and community services, including direct services, training, technical assistance, and model demonstrations.

Principal Investigator

Kiriko Takahashi, Ph.D. is an Associate Specialist at the Center on Disability Studies (CDS). Her projects at CDS range in scope from basic and applied research to demonstration projects. Her research interests include transition of students with disabilities in the STEM pipeline, on culturally responsive teaching, on inclusive education, and on Universal Design for Learning and the use of assistive technology. She also teaches graduate courses in Disability & Diversity Studies. Originally from Japan, she is also involved in multiple international activities and research. She jointly organizes an International Disability Inclusion Symposium on Higher Education and Disability (IDIS) with her…


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Holly Manaseri, PhD, is an Associate faculty member at the University of Hawaii’s Center on Disability Studies and serves as the interim director for the Center on Disability Studies. Dr. Manaseri teaches in the graduate Disability Studies program. She has over 30 years of experience working in k12 schools and higher education focused on teacher and school leader preparation for inclusive, accessible and caring school communities.



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