The University of Utah recently announced its intent to build the top Pacific Islander program in the continental United States. As part of the initiative, the U is in the process of hiring two new full-time faculty in Pacific Islander studies and recently created a new scholarship aimed at recruiting and retaining talented Pacific Islander students.
Utah has one of the oldest and largest Pacific Islander communities in the country. In fact, Utah has the largest number of Pacific Islanders in the continental U.S. per-capita, and U.S. Census figures show the population increased by more than 60 percent between 2000 and 2010. Pacific Islanders have lived continuously in Utah since 1870.
News Station Fox 13 also recently published a video and article talking about the University of Utah developing a plan to boost enrollment of Pacific Islander Students. You can read the article and watch the video here.