The Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA) is a cultural student organization from San Diego State University. We strive to educate our members, friends, and campus community, as well as the general community, of the diverse cultures from the Pacific Islands. We also have members from Pacific Islander backgrounds (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) and many who are not of a Pacific Islander, but all share the same love and respect for our cultures as we do.
PISA was first established in 1996 and from then on has continued to host many events to encourage and promote the importance of our culture to our community as well as the importance of higher education to the younger generations of Pacific Islanders. Every year we host two main events, High School Conference(HSC) and our Annual PISA Luau. The High School Conference is usually held in the Fall Semester. Students from all over Southern California come out to be educated on how to get into college and continue their education. Since Pacific Islanders are a minority at SDSU our goal is to bring in more. To do this we host the HSC to educate them and fundraise scholarships for incoming Pacific Islander students. Our Annual Luau, hosted in the Spring, is put on not only to exhibit the cultures of the Pacific Islands but to raise money for scholarships for those incoming Pacific Islander Students. This allows guests and participants to learn about the culture and participate in funding a child's education. Even though these are our two main events, we do strive to maintain close connections with the Pacific Islander Community and other organizations in SDSU. We are always willing to participate and lend helping hands!
Over the recent years, the population of Pacific Islanders in higher education has been declining, and our organization here at San Diego State consists of approximately 20 members. There are roughly 32,000 students at SDSU and unfortunately only a very small percentage is Pacific Islander. It is PISA’s goal to come together and help promote higher education to our youth, as well as celebrating our cultural differences with the world.
We'd like to thank everyone who has influenced us to keep PISA strong and pursuing its goals:
our Founders, Alumni, Family and Friends. Without you guys we would not be going as strong!
Thank you! Mahalo! Faafetai tele lava! Malo 'aupito! Meitaki! Fakafetai!