The Community Building Institute, an integrated program of activities and orientations for new and returning participants which occurs before the start of each academic semester,  introduces participants to each other, to the region, and to opportunities for personal, intellectual, and community development at the East-West Center. It is required for all students starting an East-West Center program.

The East-West Center Education Program is premised on the vision of collaborative study as a means for building a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community. This concept views learning as a collaborative process to which each person contributes knowledge, experience, and perspective to benefit all participants. It recognizes the importance of establishing a basis for the comfortable exchange of ideas by building an environment of openness, trust, and responsibility-of “shared community.”

Through the Community Building Institute, participants will gain a greater understanding and awareness of shared communities as these relate to academic study, daily living and the challenges facing the Asia Pacific region. With participants from the United States, Asia, the Pacific, and beyond, CBI explores the many connections that unite different cultures here in Hawaiʻi, at the EWC, and abroad. Participants interact through educational and service activities that are designed to encourage learning about fellow participants, the EWC, and Hawai’i. CBI also aims to prepare participants for academic life in Hawai’i and engagement at the EWC.

CBI Resource Packet

The most up-to-date version of student policies — including the EWC Student Code of Conduct, Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policies, Online Code of Conduct, and Lobbying Restrictions — can be found on the Participant Policies page.

Mentoring Program

This optional program is an excellent opportunity to advance your career and academic goals by working with Hawaii-based mentors selected from local EWC alumni and other professionals. This year, mentoring meetings will take place via Zoom.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the online EWCA Mentoring Program Application by [Date TBD]. For your application to be complete, you must also submit your CV/resume with your application.

Mentor matching is limited, so we encourage you to apply well before the deadline. If you have questions, send them to: The brochure can be downloaded here:  EWCA Mentoring Brochure

Tax Information

See Tax Section under the Documents and Forms page of the Student Portal.