5 AANAPISIs with Asian Pacific Islander Success Services

by See Xiong

Many support services for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students in higher education are made possible through grants from the US Department of Education’s AANAPISI grants. These programs below are recipients of AANAPISI grants and operate to support the academic success of AAPI students.

1. California State University, East Bay – SSOS & APASS

Hayward, California

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Cal State East Bay ran Student Service Operation for Success (SSOS) from 2011 to 2017 to provide support services to Asian and Pacific Islander students. The program ended in spring 2017. Transfer Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) was established in 2016 to focus on transfer students, which launched in the summer of 2017 to operate through the end of 2020-2021 academic year. These programs are part of the Asian Pacific American Student Success umbrella, which is the name for the Cal State East Bay’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative. The Cal State AAPI Initiatives were developed among Cal State campuses to improve “college access and graduation achievement for Asian American and Pacific Islander students from underserved communities.” Both SSOS and APASS received AANAPISI grants.

2. California State University, Sacramento – FCP

Sacramento, California

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Cal State Sacramento received AANAPISI grants to operate Full Circle Project (FCP). FCP is a collaborative effort of the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Asian American Studies program to improve retention and graduation rates of underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other high-need students.” FCP provides supports with academic and career planning and community and leadership engagement opportunities.

3. University of Massachusetts, Boston – AASSP

Boston, Massachusetts

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The UMass Boston’s Asian American Student Success Program (AASSP) supports students with admission to UMass Boston and provides academic support for these students throughout their duration at the university. They also connect students to peer mentors, academic coaches, and provide support in career development.

4. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – AACE Project

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The UMTC’s Asian American College Excellence (AACE) Project provides academic support services to improve academic experiences and outcome of their AAPI students. AACE was launched in spring 2017 with $1.75 million grant from the US Department of Education to run the program for five years.

5. Pierce College – ASPIRE

Lakewood, Washington

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Pierce College’s program is called Asian American and Pacific Islanders Reaching their Potential through Education (ASPIRE). ASPIRE supports students with services in academic, financial and career planning; cultural and educational mentoring; research on scholarship opportunities; serving learning; and support in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

5 MSIs With the Highest Percentage of International Students

by See Xiong

In 2018, the Migration Policy Institute reports the United States remains the #1 destination for international students, hosting 1.1 million of the 4.6 million students enrolled outside of their home country worldwide in 2017. In 2017, the US hosted approximately 24% of the worldwide international students, way ahead of the 2nd top destination United Kingdom at 11%, and the 3rd top destination China at 10%.

The latest data reported from U.S. News in 2018shows the percentage of international students throughout US higher education institutions for the 2016-2017 academic year. Below the five MSIs with the highest percentage of international students per their total student body.

Woodbury University

1. Woobury University 24% (HSI)

Founded in 1884 in California, Woodbury University is a small private, non-profit institution with locations in Burbank, San Diego, and Hollywood with enrollment of 1,135 undergraduate students and 183 graduate students. International students come from over 40 countries and students are supported through English language coaches, academic peer mentors, student affairs academic advisors, faculty academic advisors, workshops, course resource about intercultural diversity, cultural experiences in southern California, and students can find support through the Woodbury International Student Organization (WISO).

University of San Francisco

2. University of San Francisco 18% (AANAPISI)

UCF is a Jesuit Catholic private university established in 1855 in California’s Bay Area. The University reports an enrollment of 6,745 undergraduate and 4,273 graduate students in 2016. In fall 2017, UCF served 1,134 international students from 99 countries. UCF provides support to international students with document processing and advising; assistance with living abroad; orientation with student life; and training for job success. Students can also participate in the International Student Association (ISA), which represent the USF international study body.

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3. University of California, Irvine 16% (HSI & AANAPISI)

UCI is a public research university established in 1965 as one of the ten University of California campuses and designated as HSI and AANAPISI. In fall 2017 there were a total of 29,307 undergraduate and 6,651 graduate (including Health Sciences) students enrolled students. The international population at UCI includes 6,792 students and 1,281 scholars. The UCI International Center provides a variety of support to international students and scholars, from documents processing and workshop to English conversation program and cultural events.

New York Institute of Technology

4. New York Institute of Technology 15% (AANAPISI)

NYIT was founded in 1955 as a private university in Old Westbury, New York (Long Island). NYIT is one university with six locations: Manhattan, NY; Long Island, NY; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Amirates; Nanjing, China; Vancouver, Canada; and the NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is currently located on Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The campuses in Manhattan and Long Island provide support to international students with adjustment to college, immigration documents and questions, English language instruction, and career services. Students can seek out services through the Office for International Education and join the International Student Association.

University of the District of Columbia

5. University of the District of Columbia 14% (HBCU)

UDC is designated as a Historically Black College & University. UDC’s history dated back to Miner Normal School in 1851 founded by Myrtilla Miner and later into a four-year teacher’s college named Miner Teachers’ College. In 1955, it merged with Wilson Teacher’s College to form the District of Columbia Teacher’s College. In 1976, District of Columbia Teacher’s College merged with Federal City College and Washington Technical Institute to form what is known the University of the District of Columbia. UDC host students from over 80 countries and students can receive support from the Office of International Student Services. Supports include registration, work authorizations, traveling, reinstatements, change of status, transfers, extension of program and more.


4 Community College MSIs with LGBTQ+ Centers

By Sergio Gonzalez

From the very beginning of their foundation, community colleges have demonstrated a commitment to their founding principles of access, affordability, and quality to education. However, community colleges across the country lack proactive support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer (LGBTQ+) students, staff, and faculty. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights community colleges that are not only MSIs, but also have LGBTQ+ centers on their campuses.

1. Century College LGBTQ Center


Designated as an AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution), Century College is the first community and technical college in Minnesota with a designated space for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The LGBTQ Center is designed to be an open and inclusive space for anyone – particularly those exploring their sexual and gender identity/expression. The mission of the LGBTQ Center is to provide resources and support services to meet the academic, social, cultural, and emotional needs of LGBTQIA2S+ students, staff, faculty, and allies. For more information, click here.

2. Community College of Denver LGBTQ Resource Center


Located on the Auraria Campus, the LGBTQ Student Resource Center is a tri-institutional office serving the students, faculty, and staff of the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and University of Colorado at Denver. Known as an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution), the Community College of Denver’s LGTBQ Student Resource Center strives to improve the campus climate for LGBTQIA students by fostering acceptance and understanding through educating the campus community about issues related to this population. They continually develop programming that unites diverse communities of people, and provide support services and growth opportunities for LGBTQIA students to realize their fullest potential. For more information, click here.

3. Mt. San Antonio College Pride Center

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Recognized as an AANAPISI, Mt. SAC’s Pride Center provides a safe, supportive, and educational space for students across the gender sexuality spectrum. The Pride Center provides services that promote student success, including computer and printing services, tutoring, mentoring, a lending library, research assistance with an in-house Librarian, and academic support from faculty across various disciplines. The Pride Center also provides academic, professional, and therapeutic support with small group discussions, as well as educational opportunities for students, faculty, and the surrounding community to learn more about how best to support students’ achievement of their educational and professional goals. Additional information can be found here.

4. City College of San Francisco Queer Resource Center

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Located in the heart of the Bay Area, The Queer Resource Center seeks to empower the lives of the LGBTQQI students at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The intention of the Queer Resource Center (QRC) is to provide a safe, open, and confidential atmosphere where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students and their allies can gather openly and discuss relevant issues. The QRC provides opportunity to create community, get vital health literature and information, and help with academic planning, LGBT scholarship prospects, and educational goals. For more information, click here.

5 AANAPISI Degree Holding Representatives

By Anthony Fowlkes 

With the 2018 midterm elections quickly approaching it is important to remember that college students play a critical role in every election. By highlighting a few of the current Congresspeople who graduated from AANAPISIs, we want to remind all able to register to vote and become informed.

1. Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (Represents Nevada’s 4th District) – University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“Ruben J. Kihuen was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. His father moved to the United States and worked as a field laborer in search of greater opportunities for his family. Nearly two years later, Ruben’s mother moved the rest of the family from Mexico reuniting them with their father and eventually settling in Las Vegas.

Ruben’s parents pushed their children to reach for the American Dream, teaching them the value of hard work and the importance of a good education. Ruben worked his way through college, first attending the College of Southern Nevada and later the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was the first in his family to go to college and ultimately obtained a bachelor’s degree in education.”


2. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (Represents Missouri’s 1st District) – University of Maryland, College Park

“Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay was first elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 2000, succeeding his father, the Honorable Bill Clay, who served for 32 years and was a founding Member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Recently, Congressman Clay expanded his congressional portfolio to include a seat on the House Natural Resources Committee where he is working to combat climate change, protect wilderness areas, safeguard clean water and clean air and make sure that future generations enjoy America’s remarkable natural assets.”

3. Rep. Adriano de Jesus Espaillat Rodriguez (Represents New York’s 13th District)- Queens College

“Congressman Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic in 1954 and came to the United States with his family when he was nine years old.  He grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City and is the first Dominican-American to serve in the United States Congress.”

4. Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (Represents California’s 7th District) – University of California, Irvine

“He attended California’s public schools from grammar school through medical school, earning both his B.S. and M.D. from the University of California, Irvine. With help from his family, scholarships, and working part-time, he put himself through medical school while taking advantage of federally-funded student loans, and graduating with less than $10,000 in debt. He credits much of his success to his country’s investment in him, and he’s working to ensure that we continue to invest in hard-working Americans to keep the American Dream alive for the next generation.”

5. Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (Represents American Samoa) – University of Guam

“She is the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from American Samoa. She is the first Republican woman of Samoan descent in Congress. She is also her party’s highest-ranking Asian Pacific elected federal officeholder in the nation. She has been the most senior member of the Republican National Committee since 2012 and holds the orator (talking chief) title of Aumua from the village of Pago Pago in American Samoa, where she is a registered voter.”

5 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) with Psychological Counseling Services

By Rachel Bryan

Many Native American students come to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) from communities that suffer from high unemployment rates, high rates of substance abuse, and high suicide rates (Educating a Diverse Nation, p. 17). Since Native American students attending TCUs have to adjust to college life while coping with the struggles of their communities, TCUs are beginning to offer psychological counseling. Here are five TCUs that provide psychological counseling for their students:

1) College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN)


The College of the Muscogee Nation’s Health and Wellness Services include counseling, as well as services related to substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. They ensure that staff are “knowledgeable of Native American viewpoints of health services and can provide a sensitive approach to making students feel comfortable seeking help.”


2) Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers counseling via their Student Support services, where counselors are equipped to address “mental health, domestic violence, sexual violence, grief support, college transition and career planning, and a range of emergency and crisis issues.”


3) Haskell Indian Nations University

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Haskell Indian Nations University offers counseling via their Counseling Center. They are prepared for short-term counseling, and if the initial assessment requires, they will make referrals to other community resources.

4) Sinte Gleska University

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Sinte Gleska University offers Personal Counseling, specifically, through their Student Assistance Program. With the goal of decreasing dropout rates, counselors are prepared to discuss “substance abuse, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, family problems, suicidal thoughts, financial management difficulties and interpersonal problems.”  

5) United Tribes Technical College

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United Tribes Technical College provides counseling through their Psychological Services housed in their Wellness Center. Counselors are prepared to address ”anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, family counseling, co-dependency,” and “relationship counseling.”

Meet 5 API Standing Presidents/Chancellors of AANAPISI 4-Year Public Universities

by See Xiong

According to 2016 data from the American Council on Education (ACE), only 2.0% of college president identify as Asian or Asian American. Although Asian Pacific Islanders are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States and are well educated, not many Asian Pacific Islanders pursue college presidency positions.

Get to know five Asian Americans leading a 4-year public university with status as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution.

Dr. Ellen Junn

1. Dr. Ellen Junn, appointed 2016
California State University, Stanislaus
Turlock, California

Dr. Ellen Junn became the 11thpresident of California State University, Stanislaus in 2016. She became the 2ndwoman of color to lead the University since its establishment in 1957 and the first Korean American woman to lead a 4-year university in the United States.

Before coming to CSU Stanislaus, Junn was the provost and vice president of academic affairs at CSU Dominguez Hills; Associate Provost at CSU Fresno, and Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Development at CSU Fullerton. Junn received her Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology from Princeton University. Junn’s parents were immigrants to the United States after the Korean War. Her upbringing in segregated Georgia in the 1960s influenced her to strive for diversity at her campus to create an inclusive campus environment.

Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh

2. Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh, appointed 2013
University of Washington, Bothell Campus
Bothell, Washington

Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh became the chancellor of the University of Washington, Bothell in 2013. Yeigh came to the United States from South Korea at the age of 11 and lived in Seattle. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University.

Before coming to UW Bothell, Yeigh was professor and president of the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. Prior to that he was at Norwich University, where he held multiple leadership positions as vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty; and a joint professorship in the Mechanical Engineering Department and School of Business and management. He was also Dean of Engineering at Saint Louis University, Assistant Provost for Science and Technology at Yale University, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Oklahoma State University, and lecturer at Princeton University. Yeigh is also a veteran of the United States Navy where he served as a Tactical Air Intelligence Officer.

Dr. Leroy M Morishita

3. Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, appointed 2012
California State University, East Bay
Hayward, California

Dr. Leroy M. Morishita was appointed president of California State University, East Bay in 2012. Prior to his appointment as president, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Administration and Finance at San Francisco State University. Morishita holds an Education Doctorate (Ed.D) in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the chair of the California State University’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative.

Morishita is 3rdgeneration Japanese American. His grandfather came to the United States from Japan and the Morishita family established a 40-acre farm in Del Rey, part of Fresno County. Read more on Morishita’s Life Lesson here.

Dr. Leslie E. Wong

4. Dr. Leslie E. Wong, appointed 2012
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

Dr. Leslie E. Wong was appointed the 13th president of California State University, San Francisco (San Francisco State University) in 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was president of Northern Michigan University. He also worked at Valley City State University, the University of Southern Colorado and Evergreen State College. Wong received his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from Washington State University. In his commitment to student success, he leads San Francisco State University staff and faculty to commit to social justice, equity in public higher education.

Dr. Renu Khator

5. Dr. Renu Khator, appointed 2008
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

Dr. Renu Khator became the chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston in 2008. She is the first Indian immigrant to head a major research university in the United States. Khator was born in Uttar Pradesh, Indian and received her Doctor of Philosophy in political science and public administration from Purdue University. Before coming to the University of Houston, she was Provost at the University of South Florida.

Within four years of joining the University of Houston, she led U of H to be ranked for the first time by U.S. News and World Report, being recognized by the Carnegie Foundation with Tier One status, as a world-class research university in 2012.

5 Pre-Freshman Programs at HBCUs

by Aisha Bowen

During the month of August, millions of students across the U.S. are making final preparations to begin their college careers. Interestingly, many HBCUs offer programs for pre-freshman to get acclimated with class, financial aid and other key aspects of college/university life. Todays MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights 5 HBCUs with dynamic pre-freshman programs for accepted students.

1) Morehouse College (HBCU)Atlanta, GA


Morehouse College currently offers a free six- week program for pre-freshman entitled, the “Pre-Freshman Bridge Summer Science Program.” The program is offered to students planning to major in chemistry, biology, computer science, engineering, biology,  or mathematics. The program is meant to give students “an accelerated start in college, and aid their adjustment to the regiment of college life.” Learn more about the programs offered to high school and pre-freshmen students by Morehouse College here!

2) Howard University (HBCU)Washington, D.C.

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Howard University’s College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Science (CEACS) currently offers a free 4-week pre-summer program for admitted freshman students who’ve been accepted into CEACS. Accepted students can “participate in classes, workshops, social activities and small group projects to aid in their making an easy transition to the university.” Learn more about the CEACS’s offerings for pre-freshman here!

3) North Carolina A&T State University (HBCU)Greensboro, NC


North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) currently offers a free pre-freshman program to for pre-freshman interested in pursuing medicine entitled, The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and East Carolina University – Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Scholar’s Program (EASP). Students interested must apply their senior year of high school. Of the 8 students selected each year, “up to two top EASP student scholars may be selected for guaranteed seats in the BSOM entering class, four years in advance” (source). Click here to learn more about this amazing opportunity for pre-freshman here!

4) Central State University (HBCU)Wilberforce, OH


Central State University’s Summer Early Start Program is a five week “intensive academic enrichment” (source) program for pre-freshmen student who plan to major in writing, reading, critical thinking, health and wellness, and mathematics. Students enrolled in the program wills stay on campus and have the opportunity to connect with fellow continuing students and staff. Learn more about Central’s Summer Early Start Program here!

5) Tuskegee University (HBCU)Tuskegee, AL

tuskegeeTuskegee University’s pre-freshmen program is entitled PREFICS, standing for Pre-Freshman in Computer Science. This 8 week program is designed for students interested in computer science to “earn up to 7 credit hours in college level mathematics and computer science.” The goal for students in these courses is to develop two foundational computer science skills–critical reasoning and problem solving. Learn more about Tuskegee PREFICS program’s great work here!

Know of other pre-freshman programs at HBCUs? Share in the comments below!