Welcome to the Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC), the “home away from home” for Pacific island students at UH Hilo. We have a team that oversees the services, programs, and resources aimed at facilitating the success of students from the U.S.-affiliated Pacific island regions of American Samoa, CNMI, FSM, Guam, Palau, and RMI. We hope to see you at any of our upcoming events.
News & EventsTransgender Pacific Islanders at UH Hilo
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Campus Center 307
co-sponsored by Women's Center
Island Time & Ineon - Art Exhibit
Friday, April 19, 2013
4:00 - 7:30 pm
Campus Center 307
hosted by Marshallese Iakwe Club (MIC)
Ineon is an art & photography project done in partnership with Marshallese youth in Ocean View sponsored by The Learning Coalition, Parents And Children Together, and Art-Tec Mission. This event will feature the participants of the Ineon project who will introduce us to life in the Marshall Islands through their eyes in addition to the MIC members.
Hawaii Engaged Learning Positions (HELP)
Do you need a job while in school or for the summer break, but can't find one that matches perfectly with your academic plans and your career aspirations? Do you feel like you're having to put aside what you're learning in your major / minor for a job that pays your bills? Do you feel that you're having to sacrifice serving your Pacific Island community to work? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then maybe you need HELP. Why not imagine your ideal position at the ideal office, organization, business, or agency and propose it for funding? Our new HELP initiative enables Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo to create meaningful jobs with their favorite faculty, staff, or mentor in an organization, propose it for funding from the PISC.
The PISC, all the Pacific islander student clubs, and various offices and programs at the Department of Student Affairs at UH Hilo in partnership with UH Manoa are holding a 2-day conference to support the Pacific islanders in local high schools in Hawaii. On Friday, February 8, 2013, we are inviting educators and community leaders for a Leadership Summit on the challenges and best practices in services for Pacific islanders in Hawaii. The following day Saturday, February 9, 2013 is dedicated to College Day when we invite high school students of Pacific island ethnicity to participate in a series of activities aimed at inspiring, motivating, and informing them about college opportunities and other local resources.
For more information, please visit the official website: www.pacificstudents.org.
Indigenous Issues in the Pacific: Offered Spring 2013
ANTH/GOEG 435: Seminar in Pacific Island Studies
Tue and Thur, 2:00 - 3:15 pm, CRN 11486
Professor Joe Genz (email@example.com) will teach this course which examines some critical issues facing Pacific Island socieites today, emphasizing indigenous experiences, voices and perspectives. It is open to all students of senior standing and is also part of the Certificate of Pacific Island Studies. Sign up today!
Need Tutoring in Math & English?
Need the extra help in math and writing from two exceptionally strong and understanding fellow PI's? In addition to the regular tutoring services available at the Kilohana Learning Center in the basement of the library, the PISC has hired two academically strong Pacific islander students to tutor any Pacific islander student. More>>
Professional Development Certificate
The PISC Workshop Series in partnership with the UH Hilo Office of Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX). Students are encouraged to boost their job prospect by participating in internships and add this certificate to their resume. More>>
Pacific Speaker Series
Daren Kamali, performance poet, author, and youth worker is the first speaker in our Pacific Speaker Series for the 2012-2013 academic year. In addition to speaking in several classes at UH Hilo, Daren will perform for the public on Friday, October 12, 2012 at in the UCB 100. The event is free. More>>
Evailaufau"A Global Voyage Through Pacific Islander Eyes"
A presentation by Evailaufaumalu Sala a transfer student from American Samoa, Economics Major and Business Administration minor, recipient of the Audrey S. Furukuwa Scholarship who traveled to 14 countries with the Semester at Sea program. Read more>>
Need a Job?
The Pacific Islander Student Center provides funding for a limited number of “high impact” jobs on campus for students of Pacific island ethncity with high financial need and academic qualifications. Students can work in various departments at the UH Hilo campus including the Student Life Center, Admissions, Financial Aid, Library, Athletics, Health & Wellness Program, Minority Access, Study Abroad among others.
Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program
Congratulations to nine new UH Hilo students from throughout the Pacific islands who participated in the first Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program (PISB) on August 4-11, 2012 at the Pacific Islander Student Center. PISB was designed to introduce first-year students to college-level expectations, study skills/strategies, different learning and teaching styles, campus resources, and promotes social and academic integration of Pacific island students into the campus community and build connections with faculty, staff and peers. Read more>>
Global Film Series
A new global film series is planned by the International Student Services & Intercultural Education office for the Fall term. Please stay tuned for the dates and film lineup.