Marshallese Educational Initiative

a not-for-profit organization

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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.

Click here to learn more about MEI and our team.

Namdrik alap and Con-Con Ajlok Beasa (MEI Photo)

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, and translation and interpreter services. We offer programming specifically for Marshallese youth, women, and elders.
MEI also specializes in humanities and arts and culture programming.
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
Upcoming Events

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.


MEI is hosting a Voter Registration Drive from October 8 through Friday, Oct. 25 from 10 AM - 6 PM for those who are US citizens 18 years and older to Vote in the 2020 US election.

To the parents who have children that were born in America and will have turned 18 years old by November 2020, please let them know!

It is very important that we all work together to pass legislation and support elected officials who support the Marshallese community! 

MEI has forms to fill out;  stop by the MEI office now through Oct. 25th to register!

M.E.I enaj kommane juon iien nan ro rej Citizen in US 18iio lonlok. Ilo naj 25 raan in Oktoba

Bolaide 10 jibbon - 6 jota, kem naj kommane juon iien rejijtor nan ro rej vote in US.

Nan parent ro im ewor nejier raar lotak ilo America in im ajri eo/ro nejum emoj rej 18 iio lonlok jouj im lelok naan in rojan kab aurokin bwe ren rejijtor nan vote.

Elab an menin aurok ne jenaj jimor jerbal ippen doon kin jerbal kein adwoj.

Ilo torein maanlok epellok office in ami (M.E.I) nan itok im register nan VOTE!

Intercultural Competency Training, focus on Human Trafficking

Friday, Dec. 13, 9 AM - 12:30 PM

For more info, email us at

Register Here!

MEI Services


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.


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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614 E. Emma Ave., Suite 203

Springdale, AR 72764

United States


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