Jennifer Engels awarded UH Diversity Enhancement Award

The UH Board of Regents’ and President’s awards recognize the dedication and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. Congratulations to the seven awardees from SOEST.

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). 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.  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.  On a personal level, Dr Engels’ door and heart are always open to students, staff, and faculty in our campus community who need support – on topics ranging from career counseling and caregiver resources, to workplace safety and gender-based violence – she is there for them.

Read the full announcement from UH Mānoa.