Our Work

Our Work | The Pacific Islander Initiative

Our work evolves in response to the diverse needs and desires of our communities, as well as the ever-changing landscapes and ecosystems that surround us. In recent times, our efforts have been concentrated on three key areas: storytelling, outreach and recruitment, and leadership development.

Our work remains rooted in our APASD Core Values of: Self-Determination, Interdependence, Restorative Healing, and Transformation and Continuous Change.

PI Initiative Events and Programs


Photo shared by Pacific Islander Initiative on March 17, 2021 tagging @ucbpac.
Photo shared by Pacific Islander Initiative on May 03, 2021 tagging @empoweredpi, @aapiforceef, and @bigc_berkeley. May be an image of text that says 'PILOT Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow SUMMER INTERNSHIP Learn. Navigate. Connect. Apply by 8-week v
We are Pacific Island Studies: Our Moana
Pacific Islander Initiative Fall 2020 Mixer
Talanoa with Tongan Women Scholars: We are Pacific Islander Studies
Thank you for joining us for our November 19th "Talanoa with Tongan Women Scholars: We are Pacific Islander Studies." 
Please find the Event Recording here. 
You may also find the recording via our sponsoring organizations' Facebook pages: Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) | Pacific Islanders at Cal (PAC) | Pacific Islander Initiative at UC Berkeley

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Pacific Islander Initiative at UC Berkeley Fall Care Packages

navy blue tinted background photo of a traditional Yapese/PI meeting house. Text reads: “RSVP BY AUGUST 12: BIT.LY/PISO2020,” “PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENT ORIENTATION,” “DAY 1: AUGUST 17TH 5-8PM PST DAY 2: AUGUST 19TH 5-8PM PST.”


PILOT Pathways - Creative Arts and Animation with Lucyola Langi and Toluk Ito

Pilot pathways 2022 Public Policy

Screening of This is the Way We Rise + discussion with Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

black graphic with a brown weaved grass background calling for PI graduate and PhD students to attend a mixer to connect with other PI graduate/PhD students, play games and enjoy a free meal together. RSVP at tinyurl.com/PIGradStudentMix
tan flier with a OMAOCH 2022 banyan tree, which has various shades of green in its leaves, and various shades of orange and brown in the branches and trunk. The flyer calls for registrants to OMOACH 2022: Rooting, Reimagining, and Remembering the Vastness
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Light blue flyer with Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian motifs calling for applicants to the 20
Fala/weaved pattern background with an ascending deep purple gradient calling for QTPIs at UC Berkeley to rsvp for a family dinner.
Masi and ta’ovala image, overplayed with an ascending navy blue gradient calling for newly admitted
Alt text: Tan flyer with a ripped fala (traditional mat found in many PI cultures) motif announcing the Virtual PI Welcome Week hosted by the PI Initiative at UC Berkeley and PAC. The events will take place on September 7th, September 8th, and September 9