Mission & Goals
Recognizing that under-represented students are sometimes marginalized on college campuses, the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo encourages and supports the goals, achievements and contributions of Pacific Islanders on campus.
The goals of the Center are to:
- provide a welcoming, supportive and safe environment
- provide access to resources such as computers for students
- offer a gathering place where students can meet to study, socialize and hold meetings
- increase interaction and dialogue among students from different cultures
- support intercultural understanding and social justice in the pursuit of a more just society
- enable students, faculty and staff from all cultural backgrounds to learn about Pacific peoples, histories, languages, cultures and contemporary issues
- combat stereotypes and ethnocentrism
Meet the Staff
Talaite oversees the Pacific Islander Student Center and coordinates Center programs and activities. At UH Hilo, Talaite previously coordinated AmeriCorps, service-learning, and campus and community service programs. She is a past recipient of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs award for excellence in service. A graduate of UH Hilo, she has also worked as a language and culture coordinator/trainer with the US Peace Corps, a language instructor at the University of the South Pacific, a Regional Supervisor with the Fiji Bureau of Statistics, and a family visitation program monitor with the Hawaii Island YMCA. She has lived and traveled extensively, including throughout the Pacific Islands, Egypt and Boston.
The Student Assistants are the front-line support crew for the PISC serving as receptionists to provide hospitality to visitors and users and to help manage the Center's services and programs.
Major: Business Administration
Island: Chuuk, FSM
Major: Communication & Sociology
Island: American Samoa
Major: Computer Science
Island: Western Samoa
Island: Marshall Islands