Elevating Our Voice
In 2012, EPIC organized a convening in Washington, D.C. that brought together 25 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander leaders from Native Hawaiian, Chamorro, Samoan, Tongan, Marshallese, and Fijian communities, with community work experience as far reaching as Washington, California, Utah, and Arkansas. The convening resulted in a Policy Platform Blueprint that expresses a common set of beliefs, positions, and recommendations that will represent the foundation of a national advocacy effort.
Common threads are woven throughout EPIC’s advocacy work, regardless of whether education, health, or any other specific issue area is being addressed.
Culture & Language
While Native Hawaiians are indigenous to the United States, a significant percentage of Pacific Islanders are foreign born. Unfortunately, important services are rarely provided in a culturally or linguistically competent manner for foreign born Pacific Islanders. EPIC advocates for cultural and linguistic competency standards and inclusion where significant numbers of PIs live.