Teresa Bill is the system-wide coordinator for the ten-campus University of Hawaii Bridge to Hope program, a nationally recognized innovative program partnership between the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Department of Human Services, supporting welfare participants attending college. Bridge to Hope is an education option for welfare recipients and First-to- Work participants who want to attend college as a means of achieving lifelong economic self-sufficiency.
The BTH program assists participating students with on-campus employment and other services to help TANF recipient students succeed in their educational goals. Teresa also initiated and slowly developed the Student Parents at Manoa (SPAM) program at the University of Hawaii’s largest campus in 2008. The Bridge to Hope Motto, “Education to Leave Poverty, Not Just Welfare,” echoes Teresa’s ongoing advocacy for college access and asset building policies in Hawaii.
University of Hawaii was one of the eight institutions that piloted The Family Friendly Campus Toolkit, from 2015-2017 under Teresa’s leadership and oversight. Teresa has also served on the NCSPP advisory board since 2015, and recently renewed her advisory board membership for a second term.
Teresa has also served on the Institute for Women’s Policy Research planning group, and received an Honorable Mention for the American Association of University Women’s “Diversity in Education” Award. She holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies from Brown University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Evergreen State College.
For More Information About Bridge to Hope visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/bridgetohope
For More Information About Student Parents at Manoa (SPAM) visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/studentparents