Bio – Dr. Amefil (Amy) Agbayani

Dr. Amefil (Amy) Agbayani

Commissioner on Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Dr. Amefil (Amy) Agbayani is an Emeritus Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Diversity and Equity at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Agbayani was born in the Philippines and received her education from the University of the Philippines, East-West Center, and the University of Hawai’i.

Amefil “Amy” Agbayani has dedicated her life to social justice and diversity since coming to Hawai‘i in the 1960s. She helped establish UH Mānoa’s office for SEED, or Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity; lobbied for immigrants’ rights; and created more opportunities for students who were underrepresented on campus. She is a former Chair of the Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission, and conducts research on AA and NHPIs in higher education.

She retired from her day job in 2016, but UH’s emeritus assistant vice chancellor for SEED is still active.

She currently serves on the Pamantasan Council, a group that addresses the representation and success of Filipinos on all UH campuses; is a board member of the Patsy T. Mink PAC, which supports pro-choice Democratic women for elected offices; is a board member of The Legal Clinic, which provides free legal services to immigrants; and serves on President Joe Biden’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Dr. Agbayani is a featured guest speaker at the event, Culture and Language Matters! Re-Centering Behavioral Health for AANHPI Communities.

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