#PacificIslanders Workshop (pdf)


REGIONAL (West Coast)

EPIC (Empowering Pacific Islander Communities): Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) is promoting social justice by engaging Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities through culturally relevant advocacy, research, and development. EPIC is a national organization based in Los Angeles and was established in 2009 by a group of young Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) leaders who recognized the urgency to address the growing needs of NHPI families.  With experiences ranging from grassroots organizing to higher education administration, these young leaders identified an immediate need to build a strong and unified advocacy voice for NHPIs; a need for data that serve as testament to the needs of NHPI families; and a need for a pipeline of strong leaders who can be advocates and influencers in, and on behalf of, the community.  Since its inception, EPIC has rooted its work in advocating on behalf of NHPI families; building partnerships within and outside the NHPI community; creating tools and resources to support organizational and community capacity; and developing leaders and advocates.  EPIC is fiscally sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.


Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR) Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR) is an asset-based community organization whose mission is to help Utah’s Pacific Islander communities flourish through providing culturally-relevant resources, opportunities and services to help build alliances, bridge communities, and provide opportunities. PIK2AR, in collaboration with various community partners, is focused on providing support in the following areas: economic impact, violence prevention, and cultural preservation.

350 Pacific Climate Warriors 350 Pacific is a youth led grassroots network working with communities to fight climate change from the Pacific Islands. 350 Pacific works with organisers across 15 Pacific Island nations to highlight the vulnerabilities of our island countries to climate change while showcasing our strength and resilience as a people. We work through existing networks and with a range of partner organisations who share in our vision for the Pacific and the planet. 350 Pacific has organised, and facilitated workshops to educate and empower youth in the region, we have organised days of action to raise awareness and we have participated in the UN climate negotiations. Now, we are mobilising the warriors of the Pacific Islands to challenge the fossil fuel industry.

Independent Guahan The Independence Task Force is a volunteer advocacy group that is tied to the Commission on Decolonization in the Government of Guam. The Decolonization Commission is mandated to see through the process of decolonization for Guam. Part of this is ensuring that those who have been historically deprived of the right to self-determination, are able to exercise that right and vote for what next political status Guam will have. The Decolonization Commission is meant to be an objective, impartial guide in this process and not favor any particular political status option over the others. The Independence Task Force, and its fellow Task Forces for Statehood and Free Association each play a role in advocating their own particular status. These Task Forces are made up of community members who make a public commitment to furthering the cause of self-determination in general, and their political status in particular.


U.T.O.P.I.A. (LGBT) The United Territories Of Pacific Islanders' Alliance (U.T.O.P.I.A) originated in San Francisco, California in March 1998. The organization was formed to provide support to the Polynesian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, andTransgender community

Samoan Community Development Center SCDC was founded in San Francisco in 1991 as a non-profit organization (501.c.3), with a mission to improve the quality of life for Samoans and Pacific Islanders through self-help, economic self-sufficiency, community solidarity, education, and the preservation of customs and traditions. SCDC offers a variety of programs including the Epenesa o Samoa Senior Program, Family Support Services, Pacific Islander Youth Alliance, After School Program, School Support Groups, Intensive case management for at risk youth, Seven week summer program, Bilingual Parenting Classes, Pacific Islander Prevention Services, School Readiness Workshops, Bilingual Parenting Classes, Parent Support Groups, Case Management & Family Advocacy, Enhanced Visitation, Domestic Violence Workshops & Counseling, Low Income Housing Applications & Services, Birth Certificates & Immigration Assistance, Samoan Wellness Initiative, Samoan Breast Cancer Outreach, Samoan Language and Culture, Cultural Celebrations, and more. A full list of their programs can be found at

API Wellness is a fully-licensed, federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving people of color and the LGBTQ community. The team provides respectful, compassionate health care that focuses on you as a whole person. The medical staff can connect you to counseling, therapy, case management, and community services—everything you need to reach health, wellness, and equality. Information on the Wellness Clinics in the Tenderloin and the Castro can be found at

Camp Polynesia Comm Unity Polynesian Enrichment Summer Day Camp In 2011, Pacific Islander Community Partnership (PICP) with collaborators MDRCY & FA'ATASI, started Camp Unity in Visitacion Valley of San Francisco, serving youth and families with a 6 week free summer day camp, staffed by college students/graduates, community professionals, and volunteers; with meals provided by the community.  Today, PICP has independently expanded Camp Unity's reach and has added sites in Daly City, South San Francisco, San Bruno and San Mateo serving over 1,000 campers as of this summer. We believe in community investment and are still an all volunteer, 100% donation sustained program and are humbled to fill this need for our underserved and silent communities.

Other Local Campus Organizations

Nesians Unite (Chabot College) "Who We Are," November 2017: Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia. We represent all of Oceania’s children at Chabot college an aim to support and empower our population and show who we are as a culture and as a people. Nesians Unite's purpose is to raise awareness of the Pacific Islander population here on Chabot's campus. We strive not only to support our communities, but to also educate our neighbors about our cultures and its traditions. Nesians include the islands of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. As a club, we support in building the bridge to transfer on in higher education by providing counseling services, resources, and networking opportunities.

We stand in solidarity with communities of color through embracing our cultural and traditional values as a community. Through unity, faith, and resiliency, we will rise together. Peace! 

Pacific Islanders Club (San Francisco State University)

The Pacific Islanders’ Club is committed to building a strong academic community for its members, the students of San Francisco State University and other Pacific Islander organizations. With education, hospitality, and support, we promote the knowledge, culture, and strength among ourselves, and the many islands of the Pacific.

Pacific Islands' Student Association (UCLA)

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach: (415-567-6255) Founded in 1975, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (formerly Nihonmachi Legal Outreach) is a community-based, social justice organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander, and other communities of the Greater Bay Area. With offices in Oakland and San Francisco, our work is focused in the areas of violence against women/family law, immigration and immigrant rights, senior law and elder abuse prevention, the rights of those with disabilities, anti-human trafficking, youth violence prevention, affordable housing preservation and tenants’ rights, and other social justice issues.

Bay Area Legal Aid: (510-663-4755) BayLegal’s mission is to provide meaningful access to the civil justice system through quality legal assistance regardless of a client’s location, language or disability. Local offices are in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara County.