As APIASF works to accelerate AAPI student success across the United States and in the Pacific Islands, the organization has developed a series of partnerships with institutions, researchers, community groups and other nonprofit organizations to create a broad infrastructure to support students. One of the most important partners in this work are Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). These institutions serve high concentrations of low-income AAPI students and allow APIASF to provide targeted programs that will create maximum impact.
As the most newly recognized minority serving institutions, there is a lack of awareness about the role AANAPISIs and the work of these institutions to help facilitate access to higher education for thousands of AAPI students each year. To help increase awareness, APIASF will be highlighting these schools through an ongoing series of profiles. To kick-off the series, APIASF will begin with Richland College in Dallas, Texas.
Richland College received the AANAPISI designation in 2010 and is one of only 21 institutions that has received funding through the grant program. Between 14-16 percent of Richland’s students identify as Asian American and for the 2011-2012 academic year 24 percent of the institution’s graduates were Asian American.
The AANAPISI funding at Richland has been directed to help increase success for under-resourced students through faculty development, retention and academic support in core curriculum courses including providing loaned textbooks for qualified students.
The college also supports a diverse community in Dallas that also includes many refugee communities. Texas has one of the highest concentrations of Bhutanese refugees in the nation. Many of these students have been supported through Richland’s English Speakers of Other Languages Department that helps foreign-born students learn English and pursue their academic goals.
For more information about APIASF’s work with AANAPISIs, check out APIASF’s scalable model of change on the Social Impact Exchange’s S&I 100 Index of Top Nonprofits Creating Social Impact.
In the photo below from the APIASF Community Reception at Richland College are: Dr. Zarina Blankenbaker, Vice President for Teaching & Learning at Richland College; Michael Fung, Chair of the APIASF Board of Directors; Dr. Kay Eggleston, President of Richland College; and Neil Horikoshi, President & Executive Director of APIASF.