On October 18, representatives from many of the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) gathered at California State University, Sacramento, for a convening to strengthen partnerships and explore best practices. This was a follow up to the Western Regional Meeting held at Mission College earlier this year.

The event provided participants with the opportunity to learn more about the California State University (CSU) Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative. Clara Potes-Fellow, Director of Community Partnerships for CSU’s Chancellor’s Office, shared the initiative’s work to improve college access for underserved AAPI communities. The dialogue also helped raise awareness about the work of many of the programs and services at AANAPISIs across the country.

The day concluded with a discussion to explore ways to increase collaboration among four- and two-year AANAPISI campuses. The forward-looking conversation focused on the impact that stronger partnerships could have on AAPI student success by providing continuity in the resources and support of AANAPISI programs as students transfer institutions.

Participants included representatives from California State University East Bay, San Jose State, Mission College, De Anza College, Laney College, Sacramento City College, Mt. San Antonio College, APIASF, and CARE. Representatives from UMass Boston, University of Illinois Chicago, Coastline Community College, and the Asian American & Pacific Islander Association of Colleges and Universities (APIACU) also joined the meeting remotely.

For more information about the CSU Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative, click here.

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