2021 Dr. Amefil “Amy” Agbayani Faculty Diversity Enhancement Award goes to Dr. Jennifer Engels

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The Dr. Amefil “Amy” Agbayani Faculty Diversity Enhancement Award from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Commission on Inclusion and Diversity recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to enhancing diversity. The award was established to recognize Agbayani’s lifetime commitment to diversity and social justice in Hawaiʻi. For more than 40 years, she served as the founder and director of the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity.

Jennifer (Jenny) Engels is a research affiliate with the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). She works closely with the Department of Oceanography.

Here is more from the UH Mānoa Awards Website…

“Dr. Engels has been a visionary and compassionate leader in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at UH Mānoa for more than 20 years. She was the driving force behind bringing the Search Advocate Program to UH Mānoa: a hiring framework for DEI that is proving to be transformational for the campus climate. In addition, she is spearheading a new campuswide Hawaiian Place of Learning-focused proposal and DEI strategic plan for the university. She was fundamental to the creation of SOEST’s interim director for DEI position and is working to enhance it. As a result of her efforts, SOEST has the highest increase in rates of hiring women and underrepresented minorities of any UH Mānoa college. Engels addresses structural change through intersectional and proactive initiatives that have great impact at the department and college level, and benefit the entire UH Mānoa community.”