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Marshallese Culture and History Class
Intercultural Competency Training 

Our Classes and Trainings -

Marshallese Culture and History Class

This 3 hour class, specifically geared toward K-12 educators and the general public with its humanities-based approach, includes a basic overview of Marshallese history and culture, information on matrilineality, U.S.-R.M.I. relations, including the Compact of Free Association, and the Marshallese diaspora in Arkansas and the greater Midwest. For teachers we focus on the differences in the educational system in the RMI and the US and how to speak with Marshallese families about their child. The class will include brief language instruction and an extended Q&A period for participants. Organizers may request reading materials in advance. Students will be mailed a certificate of completion upon request.


Professional Development for Teachers

MEI offers shorter versions of its class to meet needs of schools that only have learning windows of 45 min presentations. 


InterCultural Competency Training for Agencies and Businesses

MEI offers other trainings geared toward businesses and agencies with content geared to match your particular needs. Trainings range from 1 to 4 hours.

Registration:  Contact MEI at
Cost: by individual or group; covers all materials

Format:  In-person or via Zoom

Courses are taught by MEI Program Director Carlnis Jerry, who has worked as a liaison with the Springdale School District for more than a decade, MEI Cofounder Dr. April Brown, a history professor at NWACC and US foreign policy specialist, and Benetick Kabua Maddison, MEI Project Specialist on Youth, Nuclear, and Climate Issues who has presented on climate and nuclear issues at conferences and webinars.

For questions or to enroll, email MEI directly at with contact information, the names and number of participants, and affiliation. 

The Marshallese Educational Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in July 2013 in northwest Arkansas that specializes in humanities programming. MEI has been offering a class since 2016.


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