The Pacific Leadership Assistance Network (PLAN) is a US-based movement to normalize access to successful Pacific-focused professionals from diverse professions who can serve as consultants, trainers, speakers for organizations and agencies that support the success of Pacific Islanders living in the United States.
PLAN is being developed by the Pacific Focused initiative as a way to support the Micronesian-serving organizations (e.g. We Are Oceania, Micronesians United – Big Island, COFA Community Advocacy Network) in their response to the growing demands to locate Micronesian-focused experts on culturally appropriate ways to support the growing population of migrants from the Micronesian region.
The diversity of culture and language in the Micronesian region which includes the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau (ROP) leaves many organizations needing help with professional development for their staff.
PLAN provides a centralized location for schools and organizations to access experts on the various needs. Whether they are developing a curriculum to educate students and their staff about the unique cultures and needs of the Micronesian people in Hawaii or need keynote speakers for a planned conference…they can PLAN accordingly.
PLAN simply organizes a directory of members to assist teachers, principals, service providers to become effective and culturally-sensitive leaders in supporting the Pacific Island community. The PLAN website (www.pacificleaders.com) will become the premiere site to find independent consultants who share a common purpose. Membership includes Pacific Islanders and other consultants with a wide variety of personal and professional experiences of the Pacific Island values, cultures, experiences, and traditions.