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Marshallese Educational Initiative

a not-for-profit organization

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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 July 2013 by non-Marshallese educators and Marshallese community members to raise awareness of Marshallese history and culture and facilitate dialogue by blending academic research with community outreach.


Today, we offer a variety of services and programming specific to women, youth, and seniors, and the agencies that serve them, as well as programming in the arts and humanities. With our partners, we offer a variety of health-oriented initiatives, and raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.


Since the pandemic, we have been assisting Marshallese residents with utility and rental assistance, addressing food insecurity issues, and providing PPE and cleaning supplies. Visit our Covid-19 page for more information.


One of our primary goals with the Marshallese community is to raise educational attainment levels from GED to higher education. We also actively work to raise awareness among non-Marshallese of the ongoing biological, ecological, and cultural consequences of U.S. nuclear testing and climate change


We offer translation and interpreter services, and classes and intercultural competency trainings geared toward public school teachers, healthcare providers, and other agencies that serve Marshallese clients.


As a proud intercultural organization, we actively promote and facilitate dialogue among diverse communities

to foster positive social change. Our primary focus was, and remains, education.

Meet Our Team

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Learn more about the Marshallese in Arkansas and our shared nuclear legacy.


Get in touch with Marshallese Educational Initiative to learn more about our work and how to get involved.

Your support makes our work possible!  

Please contribute to MEI!  All donations to MEI are tax-deductible.  We appreciate your support!

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