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Pacific Islands Society ! PO Box 632 ! Ebensburg, PA 15931 !


Vision A world that respects, inspires, and empowers Pacific Islanders
Mission The Pacific Islands Society (PacSoc) is a domestic nonprofit organization registered in the State of South
Carolina, United States of America. Its mission is to promote mutual understanding and foster stronger
relations between Pacific Islanders and others in the international community.
Objectives (1) To ensure the unique cultures of the Pacific Islands are not only preserved for future generations but
also actively celebrated in the world today.
(2) To develop the next generation of leaders in the Pacific Islands region by providing young
professionals with the knowledge, networks, and experiences to overcome the most challenging
domestic and foreign policy issues facing the Pacific Islands.
(3) To promote global, regional, and local dialogue on traditional, non-traditional, and human security
issues impacting the Pacific Islands region - even when the interests of key stakeholders are at odds.
Programs Arts: PacSoc creates international awareness for the talents of visual, performing, and culinary artists
from Pacific Island countries and territories through programs such as NexGen Pacific Artists.
Education: PacSoc provides students, young professionals, and educators with curricula, fellowships,
mentorships, internships, and other programming such as Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament and
Security Scholars.
International Affairs: PacSoc brings together the most influential minds to discuss the major social,
technological, economic, environmental, political, legal, ethical, and demographic (STEEPLED) issues
facing the Pacific Islands Region through speaking series, policy round tables, and publications.
Community: PacSoc enables individuals and organizations to explore their personal and professional
interests in the Pacific Islands by providing a global community of likeminded peers that regularly interact
with one another through chapters, hubs, digital platforms, and social media.
History Michael Edward Walsh founded the Pacific Islands Society in August of 2012. A former resident of Hawaii,
he had recently moved abroad to pursue a PhD at SOAS. Upon arrival in London, he was unable to find a
local society committed to promoting stronger relations between young professionals from the Pacific
Islands and those in Europe. So, he set out to create an organization to do just that but on a global
scale. Through his non-profit incubation company, Mr. Walsh set-up the basic foundation for the society.
He then enlisted the help of fellow graduate students at SOAS. Within months, PacSoc was able to launch
its first ambassador speaking series, three next generation leaders programs, two university affiliated
societies, and its own commentary series for policymakers. These initiatives were self-financed by the
students. Over the next two years, PacSoc experienced rapid growth. By its second anniversary, PacSoc
had attracted over 2,000 followers to its Facebook page and its website had been accessed by visitors
from more than 150 countries and territories. It had also established its first partnerships with the
Federation of American Scientists, School of Foreign Service (Georgetown University), and the Emerging
Science and Technology Policy Centre.
Locations Hubs Under Development: Brussels, Dubai, Geneva, Honolulu, London, Tokyo, Washington, and Zurich.
Tax Status The Pacific Islands Society is a domestic non-profit organization registered in Beaufort, South Carolina on
December 17, 2013.

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