38th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Coming Together and Moving Forward

Hoʻokahi ka ʻilau like ʻana.

Wield the paddles together.

Main Conference (In-Person)

Monday, March 6 – Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Hawai‘i Convention Center

Honolulu, HI

Organized by the Center on Disability Studies

In Partnership With

Taking with us lessons from choppy waters and storms, we recognize now more than ever the importance of continuing to move forward, together. This can only be done by coordinating our actions and our energies, keeping in mind our shared destination.

Over the past two years, we have seen challenges none of us could have anticipated. And we have shown ourselves, time and again, we are stronger than we think we are. And now, moving forward, with all we have learned, we also know we are strongest together.

We invite you to share what you have discovered on your own as we come back together in-person, for the first time in three years. Come share your research, your personal stories, your practical strategies, and fellowship and aloha at the 38th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. 

Join us as we celebrate the inclusive places and spaces we build together.

Featured Speakers

A headshot of Judy Heumann, a white woman with shoulder-length brown hair wearing red glasses, a blue v-neck shirt, and a gold necklace. She is smiling warmly.

Judith Ellen “Judy” Heumann

Disability rights leader
featured in the Oscar-nominated 
Crip Camp (2020), appearing virtually. 

Dr. Jonathan
Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio


Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Lance Pickett

Sorenson Chief Relationship Officer

Sorenson Communications

Leslie Wilson

Executive Vice President
Global Workplace Initiatives


John Tschida, MPP

Executive Director

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Opening Oli Aloha Performed By

Misty Kela’i

Pac Rim and the Center on Disability Studies

About the Pac Rim Conference

The Premier International Gathering on Disability – Our 38th Year!

Hosted by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa since 1988, Pac Rim has evolved into an international conference that has welcomed thousands of presenters and attendees from across Hawaiʻi, the nation, and the world. 

Learn more about our virtual Pac Rim 2022 conference or view our program archive from 2018-1989

About the Center on Disability Studies

As one of 67 national University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), the Center on Disability Studies supports a national vision of inclusion. We assist thousands of people with disabilities and their families, as well as Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and other underrepresented populations. We do this through research, training, and demonstration activities, and sharing our work with community members, professionals, students, and policymakers. 

Interested in Learning More?