Karen K. Sakamoto
Medical Education Division, Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence
Karen Sakamoto has been committed to enhancing student learning for over 35 years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as an assistant specialist. Initially, she served in the capacity as the Coordinator of the Learning Assistance Center, a program of the Counseling and Student Development Center, servicing the University community-at-large. She also served as a resource and consultant to special programs and academic departments. Presently, Ms. Sakamoto serves as the Learning Specialist for the Imi Ho`ola Post-Baccalaureate Program and the Office of Student Affairs at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Master’s Degree in Pupil Personnel Services from the California State University at Long Beach. Over the years, Ms. Sakamoto has utilized her training and experience in education, counseling, and student affairs to create programs to promote and enhance undergraduate and graduate student learning. Her responsibilities include working with students to foster effective learning skills and administering and analyzing assessment results related to learning and personal preferences and creating individualized education plans. These plans help to promote student awareness of how their learning and communication style can impact educational outcomes and interpersonal relationships. Ms. Sakamoto also created and assists in implementing the JABSOM Mentoring Program which includes student enrichment activities and academic advising.