External Relations

Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative

The goal of the CSU Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative is to improve college access and graduation achievement for Asian American and Pacific Islander students from underserved communities.

Journey to Success Program

Rose Gaw, CSULA Staff member at AAPI Journey to Success

In 2011, the Initiative began hosting several college fairs for AAPI families named "Journey to Success." The events held at CSU campuses, provide families, students, community and religious leaders with information about college preparation, planning and financial aid.

Learn more about the Journey to Success program »

Video about the CSU AAPI Initiative

Targeted Communities

The CSU AAPI initiative targets the following communities, which, based on CSU data from the Early Assessment Test, need additional assistance to improve their levels of high school graduation and college access.

  • Samoan
  • Tongan
  • Marshallese
  • Hawaiian
  • Cambodian
  • Hmong
  • Laotian
  • Fijian
  • Underserved Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean, Thai

The Initiative History

The first step began in October 2010 when the CSU convened Asian and Pacific Islander community leaders to discuss approaches to community engagement and the potential for collaborative interactions between the CSU and community organizations. View a summary of the meeting http://www.calstate.edu/externalrelations/news/AsianCommunityLeadersDiscussStrategies.shtml

The initiative is led by a steering committee appointed by CSU campus presidents. The steering committee advices the Chancellor's Office on Asian American & Pacific Islander issues, provides direction to the CSU AAPI Initiative's programs on campus, and develops long-term strategies designed to result in increases in the number of students who go and succeed in college.


AAPI Higher Education Conference

The inaugural Asian American and Pacific Islander Conference was presented jointly by The College Board and the California State University. See photo gallery.


CSU AAPI Initiative - Steering Committee  

Leroy Morishita, President CSUEB, Initiative Leader
Jorge Haynes, Committee Chair

Mitch Maki, CSUDH
Sam Kim, CSUDH
Simon Kim, CSULB
Karen Nakai, CSULB
Mary Ann Takemoto, CSULB
Nancy Wada-McKee, CSULA
Greg Smith, CSUEB
Jean Paul Nguyen, CSUEB
TBA, CSU Fullerton
TBA, Fresno State
TBA, CSU Northridge
TBA, CSU San Francisco
Fernanda Karp, SJSU
Drew Agbay, SJSU
Tim Fong, CSU Sacramento
Paolo Soriano, CSU Sacramento
Thavery Lay-Bounpraseuth, CSU Pomona
Mario Cordova, CSU Pomona

Chancellor’s Office Coordination
Garrett Ashley
Jorge Haynes
Marsha Hirano Nakanishi
Rosanna Hughes