Island mural in Springdale, Arkansas (MEI Photo)
The Marshallese Educational Initiative is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization located in Springdale, Arkansas, where the highest concentration of Marshallese in the continental United States reside.
We were founded in 2013.
Our Mission Statement: Through educational programming, MEI promotes the cultural, intellectual,
and historical awareness of the Marshallese people and facilitates intercultural dialogue
to foster positive social change.
With a staff of Marshallese, Marshallese-Americans, and Americans, MEI serves both the Marshallese and non-Marshallese populations through direct outreach and cultural programming.
Namdrik alap and Con-Con Ajlok Beasa (MEI Photo)
WHAT WE DO:
MEI provides services to both the Marshallese and non-Marshallese communities.
Through our new Resource and Educational Center in Springdale, Arkansas, MEI provides a walk-in service to Marshallese residents, including a notary service, life skills workshops, assistance with applications, including FAFSA and college enrollment/scholarships.
MEI specializes in humanities and arts and culture programming specifically with Marshallese youth, women, and elders.
Our staff works to facilitate dialogue between Marshallese and non-Marshallese residents by providing cultural competency training to area agencies that serve Marshallese clients and classes for the general public and K-12 educators. We also offer translation, interpreter, and consultation services.
Youth and Elder Programming
Arts & Humanities
MEI events promote and provide a safe space for intercultural dialogue.
Click below to learn more about our events as well as any community events we are promoting. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all MEI activities.
Holiday Family Portraits
MEI is hosting a FREE family portrait photo session for the holidays. Marshallese families are invited to have a family photo taken by MEI staff in the atrium of the Center for Nonprofits at the JTL, just down the hall from MEI's Office, 614 E. Emma Ave., Springdale. Dec. 20th, time to be announced!
Har-Ber High School, Dec. 5, 9:00-10:15 AM
What is FAFSA? Do you qualify? What documents do you need to apply?
MEI Youth Project leaders, Benetick Maddison and Marcina Langrine, give a presentation to HBHS students to educate about FAFSA and prepare them for an upcoming workshop.
Intercultural Competency Training:
Focus on Human Trafficking
Friday, Dec. 13, 9 AM - 12:30 PM
MEI is offering a special class to help law and government officials, nonprofit organizations who serve Marshallese clients, and the general public better understand Marshallese traditional adoption practices as well as the basics of Marshallese culture and history.
For more info, email us at
Translation and Interpreter Services
English-Marshallese, Marshallese-English translation services using the new style (Marshallese-English Dictionary, 1979) that is officially sanctioned by the Marshall Islands government. We also can provide translation in the older version of the language, if needed. Contact us for more information and pricing. Our clients include public schools, universities, state government organizations, ngos, and businesses throughout the United States.
Classes and Cultural Competency Training
We offer classes on Marshallese history and culture and provide specialized trainings for organizations, agencies, and businesses who work directly with the Marshallese population.
Contact us for more information and pricing.
Get in touch with Marshallese Educational Initiative to learn more about our work and how to get involved.
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