Maya Soetoro-Ng, Matsunaga Institute

Maya Soetoro-Ng

Associate Specialist, Graduate Chair


I started out teaching Social Studies at public, independent and charter secondary schools in New York and Hawaii, focusing on the exploration of history, current events, and political science from multiple perspectives and for the purposes of intercommunal dialogue and understanding. Then I worked for several years teaching Peace Education and Multicultural Education to preservice and in-service teachers at the College of Education where my class was cross-listed with the Peace Institute. I was so happy to eventually be invited to teach Leadership for Social Change, Peace Movements, and Conflict Management full time at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.


For the last few years I have taught Peace and Leadership classes at the Matsunaga Institute while endeavoring to build bridges between the MIP and other local, national, and international peace organizations. I am currently working to develop leadership programs in the Asia Pacific region as well as leading the internship/practicum program at MIP and continuing to cultivate opportunities for UH students to engage with the community at large.

Community Engagement

Through Ceeds of Peace, the Matsunaga Institute, the Peace Studio, ICP, USIP and other organizations, I have encouraged and facilitated the development of community action plans for social and restorative justice, inclusion, personal and interpersonal peace and environmental justice as well as sustained dialogue for community healing and growth.