Our Work

Our Work | The Pacific Islander Initiative

Our work is informed by the diverse and changing needs and wishes of our communities, and by our environments and ecosystems. Much of our recent work focuses on storytelling, outreach/recruitment, and leadership development. Our work may take different shapes over time.

Our work is guided by our APASD Core Values of 

Self-Determination • Interdependence • Restorative Healing • Transformation and Continuous Change


Leadership Development


Past PI Initiative Events and Programs

Pilot pathways 2022 Public Policy

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

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

We are Pacific Island Studies: Our Moana
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

Brown tinted image of the head of a canoe and a paddle in the ocean. Text reads, "2 Units," "Pacific Islander Seminar UC Berkeley," "Wednesdays 4-6pm PST," "Visit bit.ly/ucbpiseminar for more information," and "Are you interested in learning more about PI

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
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
Photo shared by Pacific Islander Initiative on March 17, 2021 tagging @ucbpac.
Masi and ta’ovala image, overplayed with an ascending navy blue gradient calling for newly admitted

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.”

Light blue graphic with darker navy blue palm front elements, calling for PI students to rsvp and at
Pacific Islander Initiative at UC Berkeley Fall Care Packages

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.
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
Pacific Islander Initiative Fall 2020 Mixer
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