Marshallese Educational Initiative

a not-for-profit organization

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Relief and Response information

MEI Staff are now assisting Marshallese residents enroll in Medicaid. and with rental assistance. Contact our office to make an appointment.


MEI is accepting donations to mitigate COVID-19's effects on the Marshallese community. 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!

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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), CACHE, Walton Family Foundation, Walmart Foundation, and other generous donors. We partner with UAMS NW Office of Community Health and Research, NWA Council, and Community Clinic 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 (ESG and Washington County), 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.

Click here to learn more about MEI and our team.

MEI Upcoming Events

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

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Women's Advocacy Program Event in Support of
Breast CancerDomestic Violence Awareness Month
October 29th, 5-8 PM

Jones Center, Room 226
922 E. Emma Ave.
Springdale, AR 72764

Contact: or


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6th Annual Environmental Policy Summit
Nov. 5th 1:30-2:30 CST
MEI Project Specialist on Youth, Nuclear,

and Climate Issues, Benetick Kabua Maddison, will join Dr. Paulette Meikle to discuss: Climate Justice and the Marshallese Community

Register HERE!

Climate Justice and the Marshallese Community
1:30 PM-2:30 PM

What is climate justice?  How does climate change intersect with poverty, inequality and migration?  What responsibility do individuals, communities, and institutions have to mitigate climate injustice?  In this breakout session Dr. Paulette Meikle and Mr. Benetick Kabua Maddison will speak to these questions and share the story of the Marshallese people, including the dual impact of nuclear testing and climate change on the Marshallese and the evolving presence of the vibrant Marshallese Community in Springdale, Arkansas.  Time is allotted for audience questions!  The panel will be moderated by climatologist and long-time climate advocate Robert McAfee.

Panelists: Dr. Paulette Meikle, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith; Benetick Kabua Maddison, Marshallese Educational Initiative. 

Moderator: Robert McAfee, Arkansas Citizen’s Climate League

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Join MEI's Benetick Maddison, Marcina Langrine, and Dr. April L. Brown as they present with reps from Reverse the Trend and IPPNW about the impact of nuclear testing and climate change on Marshallese frontline community and about educational resources for youth at the World Peace Congress in Barcelona (and online), Oct. 16th, 5:00 AM CST.

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To mark the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear test conducted by the United States on Bikini Atoll, MEI hosted a 3-day conference: Youth Day, June 29, a community commemoration, June 30, and two equity panels, July 1.

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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.

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