Pacific Islander Initiative

The Pacific Islander Initiative within Multicultural Student Services at Utah Valley University is committed to furthering the educational aspirations of Pacific Islander people. Our role is to help bridge the gaps and create a pipeline between the K-16 education system and Pacific Islander community.  Our focus is on educating the community and prospective students about the value of higher education, and how it validates Pacific Islander ways of knowing, learning, and being. 

Pacific Islander Initiative

Launched in the summer of 2015, the Pacific Islander Initiative at Utah Valley University received its start through a grant funded by the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) and StepUP Utah, in partnership with UVU Multicultural Student Services.  Through the efforts and programs stemming from this grant, we are continuing to build relationships with community partners and organizations to serve the Pacific Islander (PI) community, especially our Pacific Islander students at UVU.  Our main goal and purpose is to serve our students and implement programs that would contribute to their academic and collegiate success, while also establishing a connection to their culture and identity that will continue to validate who they are and where they come form.  

We also acknowledge the significance of collaborating with community partners as we strive to build relationships around projects and programs that promote academic and cultural success among our PI students within UVU and the community.

Current program initiatives:

Community collaborations:

  • Utah County Pacific Islander Health Week - UVU Events (second week of November)
  • Utah Pacific Islander Film Series
  • Island Teens Against Tobacco (ITAT) "Kick Butts" Night