An empowered Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community.
To promote social justice by engaging Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities through culturally relevant advocacy, research, and development.
- Build Pacific Islander political power.
- Build Pacific Islander knowledge and knowledge of Pacific Islanders.
- Build Pacific Islander leaders.
EPIC is a national organization based in Los Angeles and was established in 2009 by a group of young Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) leaders who recognized the urgency to address the growing needs of NHPI families. With experiences ranging from grassroots organizing to higher education administration, these young leaders identified an immediate need to build a strong and unified advocacy voice for NHPIs; a need for data that serve as testament to the needs of NHPI families; and a need for a pipeline of strong leaders who can be advocates and influencers in, and on behalf of, the community. Since its inception, EPIC has rooted its work in advocating on behalf of NHPI families; building partnerships within and outside the NHPI community; creating tools and resources to support organizational and community capacity; and developing leaders and advocates. EPIC is fiscally sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.