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Summer Program

By Michelle Nguyen  |  AANAPISI  |  Richland College  |  Dallas, TX

Receiving the AANAPISI grant has opened up many doors for students at Richland College through the various programs and opportunities offered. As the only school in the area and state to receive the AANAPISI grant, Richland College is filling the gaps needed to support the AAPI population. A large part of our efforts is dedicated to a free summer course, the AANAPISI Summer Bridge Boot Camp, for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) learners. 

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Increasing Student Engagement

APAHE Pre-Conference
April 5-7, 2017

Throughout my student affairs professional career, I have always believed in the importance of centering student voices and empowering student agency. I do not want to work for students, rather I want to work with students. By working with students, we create better programs that are more relevant to their needs and interests, which subsequently increases student buy-in and engagement.

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Student Voices in Student Engagement

By Kong Her
Program Director, Asian Pacific American Resource Center
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Hello, I’m the new kid on the AANAPISI block.  That’s right, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities finally became an AANAPISI in 2016.  This was a long time coming but it finally happened.  My name is Kong Her and I am the Program Director for the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  Just like nearly everyone else, I’m part of a small team that juggles a crazy amount of work to kick start a slew of AANAPISI programs.  I wanted to chat a bit about one of our biggest challenges this year: developing strong student engagement.

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Reimagining the AANAPISI Pipeline

Mai H. Vang, Graduate Researcher, University of MA Boston
May 7, 2017

As a first generation doctoral student of Hmong American heritage, my academic pathway has been less than ordinary. I do not make this statement lightly since statements of this nature risk perpetuating the myth that Hmong American women in higher education are super human survivors of an unsophisticated patriarchal community. Rather, I write this acknowledgment to highlight that my pathway into a doctoral program did not resemble any of the brochures found in graduate admissions offices.

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Team Building: Full Circle Project comes to APAHE

The Full Circle Project at Sacramento State provides a student-centered approach to steadily increase the graduation rates of underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other high-need students through rigorous coursework, academic support, intentional student organization and leadership opportunities, career planning and meaningful community engagement.

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AANAPISI.net Travel Grant and APAHE Pre-Conference

APAHE Pre-Conference
April 5-7, 2017

I am so happy that I got the opportunity to attend the APAHE conference, particularly the AANAPISI pre-conference section. During this session, I got to network with people from different AANAPiSI designated institutions. As we came together in the round tables, our groups discussed the various topics about summer programming to alternative funding streams for support programs. The topics that resonated with me the most were increasing student engagement and creating an inclusive college culture.

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AANAPISI Collaboration and Coordination

APAHE Preconference
April 5-7, 2017

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is increasing its capacity to build partnerships toward community engagement goals as part of its pursuit for Top Tier status. Our department in particular, The Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (The Center), houses a set of federally-funded programs that contribute to UNLV’s goals. All Center programs are housed within UNLV’s Student Affairs division and are designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. As such, The Center’s mission is to provide traditional and innovative educational opportunities to a diverse community through targeted services and research that promote personal success.

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Minority Serving Institution Convening

Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change
October 14-15, 2016

President Mark Mitsui of Portland Community College and Professor Robert Teranishi of University of California Las Vegas were featured at this inaugural event – the first of four – planned annually on the Richland College campus in Dallas, Texas.

President Mitsui’s knowledge of the conference theme and MSIs comes from a long distinguished career in higher education in Washington State and most recently as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education.  Among the kernels of wisdom illuminated during President Mitsui’s keynote address was the power of qualitative data to contextualize and give voice to the populations we seek to study, support, and empower.

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Motivating Community for the Next Generation of Pacific Islanders

Hafa Adai! I’m Clarice Dlg. Arriola and I’m pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at the Northern Marianas College. I am a proud recipient of the AANAPISI and Wells Fargo scholarship. I am a Chamorro from the beautiful island of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, which is located in the Western Pacific Ocean. I am a fulltime college student, fulltime mother of three children, a wife and have been employed at the Northern Marianas College for 13 years. I am a first generation college student and I hope to encourage my fellow Pacific Islanders of the importance of earning a college degree and how it can positively impact your lifestyle. I want to be able to motivate my community to be educated and trained so that we have strong economy to provide better opportunities for our people and the younger generation.

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