Micah Fisher, who is currently working in Indonesia, sums up his admiration for Dolores Foley as follows. “In projects I worked with her over the past five years, during my time at DURP and after, she was always doing catalyzing work. Whether it's involvement with the pulse of community planning issues in Hawaii, or Board Membership or on a national stage with the Kettering Foundation, the projects at the neighborhood, county, state, national or international level, or the classes that she teaches, especially the practicums she's pulled together, benefit from her strategic focus to achieving progress. She catalyzes by bringing together the right people, knows the strategic moments, understands the role of institutions, and through her deep resolve to contribute, has made significant impacts as a planner.”
DURP students have benefitted from over 25 years of quality teaching over a broad range of social issues and culturally relevant planning techniques by Professor Dolores Foley. She has worked in Indonesia for the past four years on a USAID project and as part of that project took students to work on a practicum in 2016. Her previous experiences included working in the Peace Corps and, in fact, with Kem Lowry (our Emeritus Professor) who was one of her early site leaders.
Her achievements also span broadly across various fields, including public health, disaster management, poverty and homelessness, and a slew of other community planning issues. Like the best of planners, she knows when a window opens on an issue of community concern, and furthermore, she's a master at helping people walk through. Finally, her mentorship has been invaluable to the DURP community. “For myself as a student, and with numerous other DURP community members, she has always imparted her knowledge and lent her support for seeing us succeed.” (Micah Fisher)
Though Dolores officially retired in January 2018, she has been and continues to be working with DURP Master and PhD Candidates. She served on the committees of both Molly Chlebnikow and Sara Bolduc, DURP PhD recipients this spring. In addition, Dolores is continuing to explore social issues, planning education, and conflict resolution in the community. She has also served on the National Board of the Kettering Foundation’s National Issues Forum Institute and “is a leading authority on deliberative processes supporting community development.” (Kaunana, The Research Publication of the University of Hawai`i, online publication 2016).She is also working with others on a new initiative, Deliberative Democracy Hawaii where the intention is to promote dialogue on national issues as well as to frame local issues for deliberation. In addition, she serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center of Mediation in the Pacific.