Humanities Guåhan Receives Legislative Resolution for Outstanding Programming


Date:             March 10, 2020
Contacts:     Kimberlee Kihleng, Executive Director
                      Nicole D. Dueñas, Administrative Coordinator
Phone:         472-4460
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Humanities Guåhan Receives Legislative Resolution for Outstanding Programming

Hagåtña, Guam – Humanities Guåhan was honored to receive a resolution from the 35th Guam Legislature on Monday, March 9. Introduced by Speaker Tina Muña Barnes, the resolution recognized Humanities Guåhan (Guam Humanities Council) for “promoting and providing public humanities programming, foundational support, and education resources for the people of Guam.”

The resolution also congratulated Humanities Guåhan on winning the 2019 national Schwartz Prize for “Outstanding Public Humanities Programming,” for their 2018 program, Taking Root: Growing Youth Empowerment for Island Sustainability. The prestigious Schwartz Prize was presented to Humanities Guåhan by the Federation of State Humanities Councils at the National Humanities Conference in November, in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

In receiving the resolution, Humanities Guåhan staff was joined by members of its Board of Directors, as well as by students and interns who participated in the Taking Root program in 2018.

Elfrie Koshiba, Humanities Guåhan Board Vice Chairwoman, expressed an un dangkulo na si yu’os ma’åse to Speaker Tina Muña Barnes, Senator Kelly Marsh and the members of the 35th Guam Legislature for Resolution 296-35, their support for the humanities and for continued funding to Humanities Guåhan. “Humanities Guåhan brings valuable programming to our island community, such as the Motheread program, the island’s only family literacy program,” Koshiba said.

Humanities Guåhan Executive Director Dr. Kimberlee Kihleng added, “These are the types of projects that we produce and this resolution only inspires us more to keep working for the community. We hope to continue to provide unique and uplifting resources for all.”
Humanities Guåhan is currently exploring funding sources to carry out a second Taking Root Program.

For more information on Humanities Guåhan programming, or on how you can become involved, contact Humanities Guåhan at 472-4460 or email


L to R: Humanities Guåhan (HG) Board of Directors Vice Chairwoman, Elfrie Koshiba; Taking Root Interns, Gabby Prelosky and Daniel Quitugua; HG Executive Director, Dr. Kimberlee Kihleng; Taking Root Student Participant, Maria Sol Dueñas Marques; HG Board of Directors Chairwoman, Monica V. Dueñas; Board Member, Marie Lizama; Speaker Tina Muña Barnes; Taking Root Student Participant, Ziah Aflague; and HG Board members, Matt Cruz and Bill Pesch.