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PISA 2016 Forum

The Pacific Islander Student Alliance (PISA) Forum 2016 is about a month away. The event will be held on Friday, March 4th, at Portland State University’s Native American Student and Community Center from 10 am to 3 pm, with an optional networking event from 3 pm to 4 pm at the nearby Rogue’s Brewery Pub.

This event, coordinated by Simeon Jacob, Madeleine Tofaeono-Galo, and Marquina Hofschneider, is designed to empower Pacific Islander students in the Pacific Northwest. PISA encourages our Pacific Islander communities and allies to become more socially aware and active towards the issues that affect our people.

The forum is free for students. Community members are asked to make a donation between $5 and $20 per person, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you are able, please bring a dish for a potluck lunch.

RSVP at and please email for any questions/concerns.

The day will include a panel discussion, as well as interactive workshops that focus on Community Change, Pacific Islander Identity, Tattoo Culture, Pacific Islanders in the Media, and Navigating Higher Education. Workshop descriptions can be found on the event page:

Keynote speaker, Joe Enlet, is a heavily engaged community leader from the island of Chuuk. Representatives from various community organizations including the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), COFA Alliance National Network (CANN), Micronesian Islander Community (MIC), and Living Islands will be present to talk about the wonderful work and engagement opportunities.

This event is possible thanks to the generosity of APANO, the Native American Student and Community Center, and a President’s Mini Grant offered by the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion and the Diversity Action Council at Portland State University.

See you there!