APPSI at HNU
Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute
The Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) in the School of Education and Liberal Arts at Holy Names University promotes “positive peace”—peace with genuine security as well as social justice and ecological sustainability—in Oakland and communities throughout Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. We do so via an integrative approach combining research, publishing, student leadership training, social innovation, and public engagement activities ranging from policy seminars to music and the arts.
The APPSI NextGen Peacebuilders Program offers students opportunities to grapple with real-world challenges. Our projects have involved conflict resolution, disaster relief, environmental and water justice, fair trade and community empowerment, and fighting human trafficking.
The Holy Names University Community Orchestra is a volunteer ensemble for community members to learn, prepare, and present quality musical experiences for diverse audiences. The music director - conductor plans innovative programming to include works from standard orchestral repertoire to contemporary, and culturally diverse selections. The HNUCO thrives on support of the players, its audience, and the wider community of Oakland.
Premiere of Most Holy Names: A Fantasy on the Theme Je mets ma confiance
The HNU Community Orchestra premiered Most Holy Names: A Fantasy on the Theme Je mets ma confiance for Soprano, Mixed Chorus, and Orchestra, composed and conducted by Dr. Steven Hofer for Holy Names University’s 150th Anniversary.
Music belongs to everyone
Holy Names University enjoys an international reputation as one of the major centers in North America for Kodály music training. The first institution of higher learning to grant an advanced degree in music education with Kodály emphasis, HNU has maintained an internationally renowned faculty in its program for over 30 years.
A supportive atmosphere, and a high standard of excellence
Students come from throughout the Americas and the Pacific Rim to study with distinguished Hungarian master teachers and other international and U.S. faculty to develop their own musicianship while learning how to teach. An integrated, rigorous and practical curriculum, a supportive atmosphere, and a high standard of excellence are all hallmarks of the program.
HNU Preparatory Music (or “Prep Music”) is a community school for young musicians, located on the Holy Names University campus. Prep Music offers private instruction on 10 instruments: violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, piano, flute, oboe, recorder, drums, and voice. Early childhood music education, youth orchestras, group classes in strings and piano, chamber music, and adult music education are also offered, as well as regular concerts and other large musical events. Join us for one!
Founded in 1968 by Sister Therese-Cecile Murphy, a Holy Names music professor and early advocate of Suzuki music education, Preparatory Music is one of the first Suzuki centers on the West Coast. Since then, it has remained a recognized institution for both Suzuki and traditional music instruction.
For students with learning differences
Raskob Learning Institute and Day School
Located on the Holy Names University campus, the Raskob Institute and Day School is one of the oldest educational programs for learning disabled individuals in the U.S. The non-profit organization provides services for students and adults with learning differences. The Institute is comprised of three inter-related programs: the Diagnostic Program, the Clinic, and Raskob Day School. The Diagnostic Program offers comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children and adults.
The Clinic provides one-on-one educational therapy to address learning disabilities, dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder, difficulties in reading, mathematics, written language, spelling, study, and organizational skills. Raskob Day School is a comprehensive academic program that serves bright students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, grades 3-8. Graduate students in HNU's Educational Therapy program have the opportunity to gain clinical experience on-site at Raskob.
Preparation for high school and college success
The HNU Upward Bound Program
Upward Bound is a federally funded education program designed for students with academic potential who need additional preparation and motivation to succeed in high school and into college. Every year, Holy Names University Upward Bound offers over 200 local high school students the extra support they need to go to college.
Programs in the summer and throughout the school year
With the goal of being the first generation in their families to earn a bachelor's degree, HNU Upward Bound students get the help they need to succeed -- in the welcoming environment that they deserve. HNU Upward Bound also includes a six-week residential summer program on our campus.