Application for Covid-19 Relief Assistance
Tel. 479-365-7019 office
MEI staff are working remotely and practicing social distancing. Please connect with us via email (above) or FB messenger. Kommool.
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 insecurity and bills.
Donations are accepted through
Paypal or Square or via our
GoFundMe site. We also accept checks made out to MEI.
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. We partner with UAMS on a variety of health-oriented initiatives, and as a STOP VAWA grant recipient, 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.
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.
Classes and Cultural Competency Training
Contact us for more information and pricing.
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.
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! Look for special programming this fall as well as online classes/trainings.
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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