Hello and Aloha, I am Lynette Williamson, an educator, and Health Information Management (HIM) professional, living and working in beautiful Hawai’i. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu (UHWO). As my time in the fellowship program ends, it is of value to engage in reflection. In academia, reflection can be pleasant or not so pleasant, depending on the tone and flavor of institutional sponsored student evaluations. Given the past 15 months and teaching during a pandemic, opening the email with the results of student evaluations was best done after having coffee or maybe later in the day after dinner and your favorite cocktail. But in the end, reflection allows for personal and professional development. There were many positive aspects of the fellowship including the sharing of time, experience, and resources.
Here is a personal list of the fellowship benefits.
- Having a facilitator with a wealth of experience and a willing to share – Dr. Art Hernandez
- Having the ability to connect face to face via Zoom during a worldwide pandemic.
- Being part of cohort that had a variety in both professional background and perspective
- Being able to connect with others willing to share their expertise – Dr. Gerunda Hughes from Howard University and Dr. Walter Kahumoku III from the University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu conversed with us on culturally appropriate evaluation and culturally responsive teaching
- Having the opportunity to network and share with cohort fellows
- Receiving resources from other fellows such as the call for grant proposals from the Spencer Foundation (which lead to a successful proposal submission)
- Introduction to Q methodology and when to use it
- Time to explore Culturally responsive evaluation theories
- Evaluation must be mindful with the culture of the community forefront in decision making
- There are many ways evaluation theories such as Q methodology
- For the Hawaiian culture, respect and asking permission are foundational elements
- It is vital for the evaluation process to be based on clear communication of how the analysis can be used to move the community forward
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