MANA's purpose is to help El Camino students of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander descent succeed in their academic journey while integrating their cultural identity into the process. At the core of MANA are the Native Hawaïan and Pacific Islander values of respect, integrity, commitment, and compassion.
The MANA program aims to increase the number of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) students who complete requirements for an associate degree and/or transfer to a four-year university.
Because MANA is a NHPI term that embodies spiritual power, the MANA program is intentionally designed to empower NHPI students by strengthening quality educational and support services to promote and foster student learning, sense of belonging, success, and self-advocacy.
MANA helps students navigate the college experience by providing support with:
MANA has helped me gain lifelong friends and a new outlook on who I am and what I have to offer as a young Samoan woman going to college. I have a voice, too, and they encourage me to use it. The possibilities are endless because of the genuine support that MANA provides.
First Year General Studies: Social & Behavioral Studies MajorJunipero Serra High School, Inglewood
"It helped me gain another family. I learned a newlanguage from other MANA students. MANA gives me another reason to come to school."
First Year Biology Major Gardena High School, Gardena
"It has helped me in a lot of ways. It's provided a lot of opportunities for me. The MANA team has helped me with financial aid and helps me a lot with my classes and staying on top of it. They are very encouraging and give me that extra motivational push."
First Year Communications Major Redondo Union High School, Hawthorne
"The MANA Program has made me want to be a leader and role model for those who are part of this program and for future MANA students. I do not start school until Spring but this program has excited me to want to go back to school and to reach the potential I know I'm capable of. It gives me a sense of belonging and also a sense of urgency knowing that I have people I'm surrounded by in whom we all share a common goal both students and staff. I've been to football games and volleyball games to show my support for fellow MANA students to be successful. I know a lot of boys who started school and didn't finish and I feel a big part of it was they had no support system. This is what MANA brings. A support system of staff and students that are genuinely interested in my success and my goals. It's already made an impact on me and I haven't even started school. Can't wait until spring semester."
MANA provides culturally centered guidance that simplifies the pathway to transferring and/or graduating.
You can participate in a series of culturally centered events such as workshops, leadership seminars, field trips, and trainings.
MANA Counselors are available to assist students with identifying and understanding the pathway necessary to take in order to reach their academic goals.
Each MANA Scholar is paired with a MANA staff mentor whose goal is to support them throughout their entire college career at El Camino College through regular check-ins, academic support and one-on-one assistance.
MANA members are provided with weekly opportunities to build community through activities such as group study sessions, game days, Talanoa and movie nights to strengthen a sense of belonging within the college space.
MANA is currently accepting interested students!
If you would like to join MANA or learn more about our services, please complete the MANA Interest Form.
MANA staff will contact you after your interest form has been reviewed.