Ai-jen Poo is the Spring 2017 Daniel and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals, which brings significant public figures to Hawai?i to foster public discourse regarding democratic ideals and civic engagement. As part of her month-long term as the Inouye Distinguished Chair, Poo will be guest teaching an undergraduate and a graduate American Studies class on social movements at UH Manoa. On Wednesday, March 22, Poo will be giving the keynote presentation "Organizing with Love in the Age of Anger" at UH Manoa's Art auditorium.
Poo's early organizing led the way to the passage of the nation's first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the 2010 historic legislation that extends basic labor protections to more than 200,000 domestic workers in New York state. Poo is also the co-director of Caring Across Generations and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, one of the partner organizations of the Women's March on Washington. While in Hawai?i, Poo will advocate for the passage of long-term care legislation in the Hawai?i legislature to ensure increased access to affordable in-home care services and improved wages and working conditions for care workers in the state.
Among her numerous accolades are inclusion in the Fortune.com World's 50 Greatest Leaders in 2015, TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012 and a 2014 MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowship.