Thursday, November 18, 2010

Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs urges Action on Including Pacific Islanders in Acadmic Programs for Underrepresented Minorities

More great news for those of us working to increase higher education opportunities for Pacific Islanders: Last week one of the largest and oldest national Native Hawaiian organizations unanimously passed a resolution calling on their fellow Native Hawaiian organizations to urge academic programs for underrepresented minorities to recognize that Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders are an underrepresented group. I'll include a link to the resolution when it's posted online, but for now I'm just sharing the great news.

Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to all of the leaders of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, for urging Native Hawaiian organizations to call for the inclusion of Pacific Islanders in underrepresented minority programs! And a special thanks to the members of the civic club that I'm a member of (the Washington, DC-based Ke Alii Makaainana civic club), especially those who attended the national convention and explained the urgent need to move forward on this issue.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

News - PIA project Officially Incorporated in DC!

The Pacific Islander Access project team is pleased to report that our nonprofit is officially incorporated in the District of Columbia! We recently received this great news from DC's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. As you might imagine, we're excited to be taking another step forward in the effort to open more doors for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders by ending their exclusion from scholarships and fellowships for underrepresented minorities.