Marshallese Educational Initiative

a not-for-profit organization

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Enewetak basket, ca. 1977 Walker Collection


Relief and Response information

MEI Staff is now assisting Marshallese residents to enroll in Medicaid


 - Applications for Utility Assistance

for Marshallese in Arkansas

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- Applications for Rental Assistance

for Marshallese residents in Washington, Madison, Carroll, or Benton Counties

Complete form below

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 utility and rental assistance. 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.


Kommool for your support!

The MEI office is open and our staff is practicing proper health safety protocols. If possible, please connect with us via phone, email or FB messenger. Kommool.

Tel. 479-365-7019 office


Carlnis Jerry, Director


Rental or utility assistance -

Marcina at

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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 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. 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 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 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.

Click here to learn more about MEI and our team.


Elder Programming

Arts, Culture, & Humanities Programming


Women's Programming

MEI Upcoming Events

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

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most scheduled events and activities are now online! 

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EARTH DAY event - April 21, 7 PM CST

Register HERE


Training Module for Healthcare Service Providers - Coming May 2021!

Alele Arkansas Online - a virtual exhibit - Coming Spring 2021!

Stay tuned for information about our planned Alele Arkansas - a Marshallese Cultural and Community Center!

Series of Workshops and online Seminars on Covid-19 and Issues of Systemic Inequality, June, 2021

Want to learn more about Marshallese history and culture?  Schedule a zoom class or Intercultural Competency Training.

See information below in MEI Services.

Classes and InterCultural 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, organizations, and government agencies. Contact us to determine which offering is best for your group!


Note: Classes and trainings are currently scheduled via Zoom


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!

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More ways to give.

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