Marshallese Educational Initiative

a not-for-profit organization

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We are NOT currently accepting applications for utility payments.

Visit our Covid-19 page for assistance with funeral expenses.

Call our office

with any questions, 479-365-7019.



MEI staff are practicing social distancing. Please connect with us via email or FB messenger. Kommool.

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Wear a Mask to Respect Your Elders!


MEI is accepting donations to mitigate COVID-19's effects on the Marshallese community. MEI is part of the local Marshallese Covid-19 Response Task Force working to address immediate needs, such as food and financial insecurity. We are also working on more long-term goals to help address systemic, structural inequalities. Ask how you can help!

Donations are accepted online or via check made out to MEI. We use Paypal or Square via our Contribute page, and on our GoFundMe site.


Funds are also being raised at


Kommool for your support!


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 thanks to major funding through the Office of Insular Affairs (DOI). We partner with UAMS NW on a variety of health-oriented initiatives, and as a STOP VAWA grant recipient (DOJ), we raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.


One of our primary goals with the Marshallese community is to raise educational attainment levels from GED to higher education. We have also actively worked 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 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.

Click here to learn more about MEI and our team.


Youth and Elder Programming

Women's Programming


We offer classes on Marshallese history and culture for teachers and the general public, and provide specialized Intercultural Competency Trainings for organizations, agencies, and businesses who work directly with the Marshallese population.

MEI Upcoming Events

MEI events promote and provide a safe space for intercultural dialogue.  

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all scheduled in-person events have been cancelled or postponed. However, we are transitioning to online programming when possible! 

Virtual Census Day with the Fayetteville Public Library

Sept. 18, 6 PM

MEI Program Coordinator Marcina Langrine

is explaining all things Census in the

Marshallese language event 

Click here to register!


Manit Day 2020!

This year MEI is hosting a virtual Manit Day on Sept. 25th!   Stay tuned for announcements.


Classes and Cultural Competency Training

Contact us for more information and pricing.

MEI offers a three-hour humanities-based class geared toward the general public and educators about Marshallese history and culture. We also offer Intercultural Competency Trainings (1.5 hrs to full-day) for businesses and government agencies. Contact us to determine which offering is best for your group!


Note: Classes and trainings scheduled through August have been postponed. Contact us regarding online options beginning in September!

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.


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!

More ways to give.

Visit our Contributors Page!

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614 E. Emma Ave., Suite 203

Springdale, AR 72764

United States