Pacific Islander Indigeneity and Education Conference 


Southern Oregon University Welcomes
The Pacific Islander Indigeneity and Education Conference on Friday May 3rd!

The Polynesian Education Conference underwent a name change at the start of this planning cycle! The conference planning committee decided that it would be best to change the name to further our inclusivity of Pacific Islander identities and lead us into the future. The name Pacific Islander Indigeneity and Education Conference was the outcome of this extensive conversation. We are proud to announce the renewing of an amazing student-lead program on Friday, May 3rd. The name change was imperative for our journey moving forward, which inspired this year’s theme ‘Voyaging: A Narrative of Life.’ 

The Pacific Islander Indigeneity and Education Conference are working audaciously to position itself as the hub of networking for collegiate Pacific Islander students in this region of the U.S. As indigenous place-based peoples’ Pacific Islanders have a symbiotic relationship with their island homes. The experiences faced due to that separation from their homelands creates added stresses that in most cases go unnoticed. This conference creates a space for Pacific Islander (P.I.) students to connect amongst each other, community members, cultural practitioners (“professionals”), and allies to reboot and ‘live in’ those experiences. This space is a community-based hub for the Pacific Islander community and allies to network, learn, and create. 

If you are interested in attending this conference, please follow this link to our website.  

Registration for SOU students is FREE. However, Staff and Faculty are $35, and Community Members are $20. Included in this fee are conference programming, lunch, and admission to our film screening on May 3, 2019. 

This conference is founded on the value of Indigenous cultural survivance. Through that belief, our constant challenge to all of our participants is “How can you intersect your cultural values and your career goals?” 

All questions or inquiries please email:

With gratitude,

Shanztyn K Nihipali, Jherica Raposa and Daisy Osy, Co-chairs