May Toy Lukens

Highline Community College, Special Projects/Guided Pathways Project Director

May Toy Lukens serves as an independent program evaluator for minority serving institutions (MSIs). She has served as the evaluator for Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) projects in California, Texas, Massachusetts, and Washington, and was a project director over five department of education grants for minority serving institutions, including one of the first funded (AANAPISI) grants in 2008.


Ms. Lukens has a passion for implementing institution-wide, instructional and student support initiatives to increase student engagement, progression, and completion. Her work focuses on strengthening institutions by fostering a more culturally responsive campus environment for students through transformative curriculum and pedagogy to close the achievement gap for underserved populations. Her projects partnered with the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islander Affairs (WHIAAPI), Commission on Asian American Pacific Islanders Research in Education (CARE), Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER), and Culturally Engaging Campus Cultures (CECE). She served on the AANAPISI Advisory Council and Scholar Institute Steering Committee for and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, and collaborative lead for  the U.S. Department of Education’s AANAPISI/MSI Community of Practice, and Washington State Commission for Asian Pacific Affairs (CAPAA) Education Committee. She authored “Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Student Body” Asian American and Pacific Islander American Students, American Association of Collegiate and Admissions Officers (Chapter 4).


Ms. Lukens holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of San Diego, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Washington. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

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