Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka was named 2015 AUCD Diversity and Inclusion Fellow. This one-year initiative is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) to enhance diversity and cultural competence of faculty, staff and students; cultivate partnerships; respond to increasingly diverse communities across the country; and develop strategies for continuing efforts.
Naomi is a faculty member of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she is the Co- Principal Investigator/ Project Coordinator of the Hawaii Preschool Positive Engagement Project (HPPEP). HPPEP aims to grow the strengths of Native Hawaiian early educators, families, and preschool students. Naomi previously worked for the Student Equity Excellence and Diversity Program, starting up place-based after school programs for Native Hawaiian students. A former Special Education teacher, she has also worked with educators from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and American Samoa. She is also a Facilitator for Ceeds of Peace on Oahu, Hawaii.