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“For the past decade, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institutions have ensured that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students across the country have access to equitable opportunities in higher education."

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the AANAPISI program

Isaac Tenorio

“When we take a step back, Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders are not just minorities but some of the most underserved populations in post-secondary  education.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my institution and the AANAPISI funding that supported my education!”

Isaac Tenorio, Northern Marianas College Alumni

On September 27, 2007, the AANAPISI program was established by Congress with the purpose of improving the availability and quality of postsecondary education programs to support AANHPI students.

Since then, AANAPISIs have made a difference in the lives of students across the United States and the Pacific. As we seek to build visibility around these important institutions, we invite you to learn more about AANAPISIs, their programs, and their impact on AANHPI students.

Learn how campuses are serving AANHPI students

The Role of Early APIA Mentors

The Role of Early APIA Mentors

Imposter Syndrome on College Campuses

How APIAs Define Career Success

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

Learn more about how institutions support AANHPI students

Currently Funded AANAPISIs as of September 2022

To learn more about these campuses and their AANAPISI programs, please see here.



“Through AANAPISIs, I have been able to gain mentors and peers who are like-minded and have pushed me to work harder and continue to strive for success. I have been given immense support from AANAPISIs during my college career, even when I transferred and once I graduated.”

Kayhlia Yang, Irvine Valley College Alumni


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“As part of the AANAPISI experience at the University of Guam, I was able to network and develop an affinity for academia, passion, and personal growth. The impact of AANAPISI is significant for creating future generations of public service, integrity, and compassionate leaders.”

Edrico Calicdan Reyes, University of Guam

Celebrating the Importance of AANAPISIs


“AANAPISIs reflect the diaspora and the contributions of generations to the United States' social, political, and environmental tapestry across the nation, in various regions, and in enclaves within cities. AANAPISIs collectively document the experiences of student voices and the response of institutions to their needs. This is the meaningful and empowering work of AANAPISIs.”

Aida Cuenza-Uvas, Ed.D, Director, Special Programs (Arise Program/AANAPISI Grant), Mt. San Antonio College



“Interventions and services that center on race and ethnicity play a central role in college student development. That is why AANAPISIs are so important for our community. It is imperative to create spaces within higher education where students learn about their ethnic identity, how to critically question and analyze the root of problems of the oppression we face, and find ways to be active participants in society for equity and social justice.”

Dr. Arlene Daus-Magbual, Director for Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services and Faculty Lecturer in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.



“AANAPISIs are critical sites for responding to the changing demography of higher education, which is being driven, in part, by the AAPI population, which continues to be the fastest growing population in the nation. These institutions are on the front line of and provide important lessons for expanding opportunities and reducing barriers to higher education for low-income AAPI students.”

Robert Teranishi, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education, the Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, and director for the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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