The Center for Professional Development and Inclusive Excellence (C-Hub) provides the OIST community with a centralized place where:
- faculty, students, postdocs, research staff, administrative staff, and administrative leaders can explore opportunities for personal and career growth;
- evidence-based practices and research are applied toward professional development to support all careers in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate;
- connections and collaborations can be created across and beyond the university.
The C-Hub enacts its mission by engaging the diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions amongst the broader OIST community to foster productive dialogue and exploration, and ultimately support OIST’s mission toward scientific and educational excellence.
Vision and Values
As a uniquely positioned professional development center committed to fostering inclusive excellence in a scientific graduate university, the C-Hub serves an international community of faculty, students, postdocs, research and administrative staff, administrative leaders, and alumni. The C-Hub enacts its mission through meaningful dialogue and synthesis with a community of colleagues and students across the university to create:
- Interdisciplinary, inclusive, and collaborative environments that foster high impact outcomes for all, during and beyond their time at OIST.
- Opportunities for exploration and experimentation informed by research and evidence-based practice.
- Opportunities for intersections across the research units, administrative divisions, and the graduate school.
- An appreciation for and focus on concepts and ideas— when initiating production- or outcomes-oriented work, we start by considering the intellectual and empathetic significance rather than the product.
- Inclusive “design thinking” and “systems thinking” as methods and processes for approaching complex problems to support initiatives across the institution.
The logo for the Center for Professional Development and Inclusive Excellence is inspired by the seed pod of the indigenous sannin (muuchiigaasa) plant, or shell ginger. The seeds of the sannin plant are encased in a bright orange shell. Okinawans use sannin in traditional cuisine.
The C-Hub logo draws inspiration from the individual seeds encased in the sannin pod to represent the potential of every individual. Yet, seeds require nourishment and cultivation to grow and flourish. It is in this spirit that C-Hub aspires to bring our community together to create inclusive, productive environments for the ongoing development of all individuals. In so doing, we can foster the growth of future generations across our global community.
C-Hub is grateful for the collaboration and generous guidance of our OIST Eedee* Group colleagues for the inspiration of our logo. The Eedee Initiative engages the OIST community to further embrace local Okinawan culture and become an integrated part of the local society.
*Eedee means ‘working together’ in Uchinaaguchi, the Okinawan language. For further information about Uchinaaguchi, please visit this website.
Sannin seed pods
Kathy has over 20 years of experience in creating and leading innovations to develop engaging, inclusive, and productive educational environments for a wide range of universities across the world. She has collaborated with organizations including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, the National Academies Fellowship of the US National Research Council, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning on initiatives to build capacity for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and has served as external advisor to universities around the world. A professor of molecular microbiology by background, Kathy previously served as executive director of professional development centers at US research universities including Brown University and Columbia University.
As the executive director of C-Hub, she leads the strategy and development of programs, services, and projects on pedagogy and curricular design, career development, mentorship, DEI, and communication in partnership with her colleagues at the center and across OIST. Kathy also chairs the OIST Alumni and Associates Network (OAAN) initiative, in collaboration with the Graduate School, the Office of the President, the Communications and Public Relations Division, the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, and the OIST Foundation. Kathy originally hails from New York City (and she misses her bagels); she lived in Sydney, Australia for half of her career, where she learned to appreciate Tim Tams and lamingtons (but still hasn’t learned the rules of cricket).
With over 10 years of human resources experience in global financial institutions in Tokyo and the Asia Pacific, Ayumi has specialized in dynamic and engaging talent development expertise for professionals from diverse backgrounds in international, cross-cultural environments. After shifting her career to academia, Ayumi is enthusiastic about applying her background to facilitate exchanges across diverse members of the OIST community toward the enhancement of an inclusive and equitable culture at OIST. She works expansively across the university to support the professional development needs of administrative staff, and also collaborates with her C-Hub colleagues to develop cross-divisional programs and initiatives. Originally from Kyoto, Ayumi has heritage in Okinawa and enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and outdoor activities with family and friends.
Oksana joined OIST in September 2019, with previous corporate accounting experiences in the Ukraine and England. She has a degree in economics and holds a great passion for art. When she came to Okinawa with her family, she was curious to further develop her professional skills and has been providing a broad range of administrative support initially for the Postdoctoral Development section in the Faculty Affairs office followed by her transition to C-Hub. Her current role spans collaborative support for C-Hub’s professional development activities and administrative support for the Executive Director, as well as key coordination across OIST to support the development of the OIST Alumni and Associates Network (OAAN) to connect OISTers across the globe. Oksana loves making new connections and bringing people together, as she values the potential of positivity and the beauty of creative projects. Her artistic interests led to her curation of OIST’s inaugural community art exhibition, “Synergy”, which showcased the artistic and scientific talents of the OIST community to the Okinawan community and overseas visitors. Oksana appreciates Okinawa and spends most weekends by the sea or engaged in art-related activities.