The Value of Hawai‘i

Social Services in Hawaii (Thur, 2/10)

Two chances to discuss social services in Hawai’i this Thursday, 2/10/2011–

“Social Service: Back (and Front) Stage in a Life of Advocacy”

Thursday, February 10, 2011 • 12 noon – 1:15 pm
Center for Biographical Research • 1800 East West Road, Henke Hall 325

How does one become an advocate in the field of social services?
Education? Family background? Work and volunteer experience?

Susan Chandler
has worked at the University of Hawai‘i since 1976, first at the School of Social Work and currently as the Director of the Social Sciences Public Policy Center and Professor of Public Administration. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of public policy analysis, organizational change, policy implementation, collaborative governance, public-private partnerships, and public administration. She is faculty advisor for students entering the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy program, and chair of the University’s Institutional Review Board. In 1999, she received the Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service; her advocacy work currently includes serving as Policy Committee Chair and Board Member of PHOCUSED.

She took eight years off to serve in the Benjamin Cayetano Administration as the Director of Human Services, and in a new release from the University of Hawai‘i Press, Backstage in a Bureaucracy: Politics and Public Service, she candidly tells what it’s like to be in charge of a large public bureaucracy—from the hiring process to her efforts to bring about change, to the challenges and rewards of public service.

For more information, please contact the Center for Biographical Research at 956-3774 or


Panel on Social Services in Hawai‘i

Thursday, Feb. 10, 7:00-8:30 pm

Chaminade University, Ching Conference Center, Eiben Hall (2nd floor)

Free, and free parking.

Come and discuss the history and current state of programs that are designed to assist us with housing, income, job training, healthcare, childcare, violence protection, and other services. What should the balance be between the public and private sectors? What is the status of these services under our new governor and Legislature?

“Now we are seeing increasing social problems all around us. . . .[Homeless] shelters are full. The community food banks are experiencing big increases in demand even while the Food Stamp rolls are growing at an alarming rate—18 percent in the last two years. Unemployment is high, family violence is increasing, and Medicaid is going broke. . . .” From “Social Services” by Susan Chandler in The Value of Hawai‘i.

Speaker bios:
Susan M. Chandler is Director of the College of Social Sciences Public Policy Center and a Professor of Public Administration at the University of Hawai’i. She has served as Director of Human Services for the State of Hawai’i. Her most recent publication with Richard Pratt is Backstage in the Bureaucracy: Politics and Public Service

Suzanne N.J. Chun Oakland is a member of the Hawaii Senate, representing the 13th District since 1996. Previously she was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1991 through 1996. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate’s Human Services and Public Housing Committee.

Collin Lau, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, teaches Criminal and Constitutional Law as well as Criminal Justice Ethics. A lifelong Hawai‘i resident, he was worked in both government and the community.