By Calindra Revier
“This semester marks the beginning of the first certificate program to be offered in Pacific Island Studies, not only at City College but the first in the nation outside the region and states of Hawaii.
Program Coordinator Professor David Ga’oupu Palaita is offering this17-unit program with a choice of an elective.
The program is for all students wishing to study and celebrate the “ocean” culture and participate in something that is first of its kind.
“The key question in our course is the concept of ocean. For islanders the ocean is central. In fact it is the organizing principle of their livelihoods, their lives, their cultures and the community,” Palaita said, reflecting on the ocean inspired curriculum.”