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What is an AANAPISI?

Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI). Learn how AANAPISIs and the organizations that serve Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) students are coming together to make a difference.

The Role of Early APIA Mentors


Learn more about the AANAPISI journey and how 20 years of progress and support have brought us to where we are today.

Imposter Syndrome on College Campuses


More than 225 supporters and growing. Read the AANAPISI letter for Budget Reconciliation funding. Thank you for your support!

How APIAs Define Career Success


We invite you to join us in this journey. Please help us spread the word about AANAPISI Week, September 27 - October 3, 2021.

Social Innovation Cohort

Social Innovation Fellows

Selected From

Fellowship Applications

Based On


Leadership Skills


Community Mindset


Teamwork & Collaboration


Empathy & Understanding

Our Fellows Represent


7   Women

5   Men

6   GMS Scholars

6   APIA Scholars


7   Working Professionals
2   Graduate Students
3   Undergraduate Students

Fields of Study:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Political Science


  • Architecture
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality

NYU, UCLA, USC, GWU, JHU, UW, Rutgers, Princeton, West Virginia University, California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo

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“The AANAPISI program at UMass Boston has been incredibly impactful not only on my college journey but also on my professional career. The Asian American Student Success Program (AASSP) was the first place I found community after moving to Boston for school. The opportunities I received from them haves greatly influenced my career plans and after graduating I returned to AASSP as a staff member. I feel so thankful to be able to say I do work that I love and that I can support future students on their own journeys.”

Karen Chi, Alumni, UMass Boston

Research that leads us

The Role of Early APIA Mentors

by Mike Hoa Hguyen, University of Denver; Kristen Jan Espinoza,
University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Demeturie Toso-Lafaele Gogue, University of California, Los Angeles; Dong Dinh, University of Denver

Imposter Syndrome on College Campuses

by Dina C. Maramba (Editor), Timothy P. Fong (Editor), Robert T. Teranishi (Foreword)

How APIAs Define Career Success

by Jeannette Soon-Ludes, Julie Ajinkya, Robert T. Teranishi, Annie Le, Rose Ann E. Gutierrez, ‘Inoke Hafoka, and Demeturie Toso-Lafaele Gogue

“AANAPISIs are essential in providing student success programs to assist low income and first-generation Asian American and Pacific Islander college students to complete their degrees and close achievement gaps. I am grateful to have participated in an AANAPISI program like Full Circle Project at CSU, Sacramento because the program and staff understands the intersectionality of identities to provide tailored resources/opportunities that supported my wellbeing and developed my leadership skills as a student mentor. Their endless support and care led to my continuous engagement on campus and path towards graduation.”

Houa Vang, SacState Alumni

Resources and more

The Role of Early APIA Mentors

The Last Information: AANAPISIS by the Numbers 

An APIA Scholars Publication (February 2022)

Imposter Syndrome on College Campuses

U.S. Department of Education Resources

AANAPISI Program Overview

Application Info


2021 Federal Register Notice

How APIAs Define Career Success

APIA Scholars Reacts to the Biden-Harris American Families Plan

An APIA Scholars Press Release (April 2021)

"If it wasn't for Equitable Learning Experience Valuing Achievement, Transfer and Empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at Irvine Valley College (ELEVATE AAPI @ IVC), I wouldn't have had the opportunity to connect with my community and "re-connect" with my roots.  I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for all the opportunities and people I've come across through ELEVATE AAPI @ IVC. Thank you for being the home away from home!"

Ellie Bui, University of California, Irvine

“Generations of Pacific Islander leaders of Micronesian nations have graduated from an AANAPISI in Hawaiʻi.  I am proud to acknowledge that I became woven into this federally-recognized AANAPISI genealogy as an alumnus of UH Hilo and a graduate student at UH Mānoa..

Axel Defngin, UH Mānoa

UH Mānoa (Eligible AANAPISI): Located in the most diverse community and environment in the world, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a globally recognized center of learning and research with a kuleana to serve the people and places of Hawaiʻi, and our neighbors in the Pacific and Asia.

UH Hilo: Our kuleana (responsibility) is to improve the quality of life of the people of Hawaiʻi, the Pacific region and the world.

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