Our People

The work of APIA Scholars would not be possible without the efforts and generosity of countless Scholars, advisors, institutions, and supportive companies and their dedicated employees. Learn more about the ones making a difference below:

Kenneth Songco

Mission College, Director of Student Equity and Success

KEN SONGCO is Director of Student Equity & Success at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA and part of the West Valley-Mission Community College District. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from San Francisco State University. In his current role, Ken provides leadership and direction of Mission College’s Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) program. This includes the institution’s equity and anti-racism efforts as laid out in its recent Call to Action for Racial Equity and Social Justice and the 2019-2022 Student Equity Plan. He also works in collaboration with Student Services Division leadership to help oversee the college’s matriculation services such as orientation, educational plans, self-placement, follow up services. Previously, he served as Director of Federal Student Services Grants and administered Mission College’s Title III Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) programs whose mission is to improve the transition, progression, transfer and graduation rates of historically underrepresented and underprepared AAPI students. Under his leadership, Mission College was awarded another Title III AAANPISI grant and a new Title III Hispanic Serving Institution STEM (HSI-STEM) grant, bringing in over $7 million of federal funding to the institution. With over 16 years of management experience in the non-profit and higher education sectors, Ken seeks to continue his life’s work of serving the needs of BIPOC communities through an equity and social justice lens.

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