South Seattle Community College in Seattle, Wash., was designated in 2008 as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), the U.S. Department of Education grant program designed to improve retention, transfer, and graduation rates of underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. This initiative contributes to South Seattle Community College’s efforts of achieving high student success rates among high rates of student diversity, since AAPI students make up the school’s largest group of students of color.

South Seattle Community College uses their AANAPISI funds for a two-pronged approach to AAPI inclusion. The first component provides services to retain AAPI students through culturally appropriate advising, educational planning, individual advising portfolios, and enhanced learner orientations. The second component focuses on a culturally responsive learning environment by providing an AANAPISI Center for students, cultural role models, cohort-based study groups, and culturally relevant course content and professional development.

For more information on South Seattle Community College’s AANAPISI programs, please click here.

South Seattle Community College is one of nine AANAPISIs partnered with APIASF through the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program, which distributes awards from $2,500-$5,000 to AAPI students at participating institutions.

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