Oceania Leadership Institute

Oceania Leadership Institute (OLI) is a culturally rooted leadership development program designed for Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (NHPI) young adults and community organizers. The OLI curriculum forefronts Pasifika values, community, and history as the foundation of our holistic leadership praxis. We are committed to the development of critical consciousness through embodied practice and the integration of post-colonial and decolonial theory, anti-racist curriculum, liberation theologies, and social justice advocacy.

MANA | VÄ€ TAPUIA | KOTAHITANGA | VUNILAGI | ALILIS | ANEMKWOJ

Oceania Leadership Institute (OLI) is a culturally rooted leadership development program designed for Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (NHPI) young adults and community organizers. The OLI curriculum forefronts Pasifika values, community, and history as the foundation of our holistic leadership praxis. We are committed to the development of critical consciousness through embodied practice and the integration of post-colonial and decolonial theory, anti-racist curriculum, liberation theologies, and social justice advocacy.

OLI INFORMATION

Va Tapuia – Sacred Relations

We are committed to establishing deep and accountable communities through building strong global and local networks and coalitions between our Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian communities in uniting our political voice.

Mana – Power

We acknowledge the spiritual and cultural power of Pasifika communities to determine their social & political futures in advancing justice locally, nationally and globally.

Kotahitanga – Inclusive Collective

We are an expansive body and we welcome all members of our community which includes our queer & trans siblings. We are an intergenerational community that celebrates our elders and hold the highest value for our children.

Vunilagi – Horizon Gazing

A key value of Navigators is to always gaze at the horizon to dream of what our liberated futures can be for our Pasifika descendants. Our homes are not just in the here and now, but we work to usher in a future that is humane for those yet to come.

Alilis – Sacred Hospitality

We offer sacred hospitality – hospitality to the stranger, hospitality to the visitor, to our neighbor and the daily hospitality afforded our sacred treasures, our Pasifika elders in our community. We foster an environment where our Pasifika communities feel the love, dignity and safety in our spaces.

Anemkwoj – Liberation

Our ultimate goal for our labor of love is liberation for Pasifika peoples – liberation from oppression, liberation from colonization, liberation from nuclear poison, liberation from cultural and religious persecution where Pasifika peoples are able to perpetuate our Oceanian traditions.

Practical info for OLI Virtual Seminars

The Oceania Leadership Institute program will include a series of virtual seminars designed to build OLI participants’ competency in key content areas that focus on collaborative community organizing and Indigenous Pacific Islander Praxis in Pedagogy founded upon Anti-Racist principles and grounded in our Pasifika cultural values.

In the Oceania Leadership Institute (OLI), you will develop the essential leadership and organizing skills necessary to create and sustain long-term collaborative community movement building while strengthening your understanding of our OLI Pasifika values and how we create belonging as part of this work.

OLI is available to folx who identify as Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander ages 18+. Though the program was designed for young adults and community organizers, we encourage folx to apply if they are genuinely interested in participating in the program.

OLI is free! OLI will provide participants with reading materials and other supplies. OLI will also provide a $500 stipend to folx who successfully satisfy the requirements of the program.

In the Oceania Leadership Institute (OLI), you will develop the essential leadership and organizing skills necessary to create and sustain long-term collaborative community movement building while strengthening your understanding of our OLI Pasifika values and how we create belonging as part of this work.

If you have any lingering questions about the OLI program, please reach out to us at contact@picawa.org