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
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. In the spring of 2015, events were held at Cal State Northridge, Fresno State and Cal Poly Pomona.
The CSU AAPI Initiative trains Student Ambassadors throughout the CSU. Ambassadors are CSU students that play an important role as liaisons and resources to the AAPI community. They also assist in planning and implementing Journey to Success events throughout the CSU. Here are their stories:
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.
- 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
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. Video about the CSU AAPI Initiative »
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.
- A Community of Contrasts (2013) - Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California. Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
- CARE Report (2013) -
Partnership for Equity in Education Through Research (PEER): Findings from the first year of research on AANAPISIs
- CARE Report (2012) - The Relevance of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the College Completion Agenda.
- The State of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Education in California.
|CSU AAPI Initiative - Steering Committee|
Dr. Ginger Reyes
Dr. Mitch Maki
Dr. Joy J. Goto
Dr. Brian Tsukimura
Dr. Simon Kim
Dr. Maryann Takemoto
Dr. Nancy Wada-McKee
Juana Valdivia (Interim)
Dr. Tim Fong
Dr. Chao Vang
Alvin N. Alvarez
Dr. David Lo
Dr. Leroy Morishita,
Maryann Jackmon, Senior Director, External Relations
Marisela Cervantes, Director, Community Partnerships