The UIC AANAPISI Initiative

Supporting the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and English language learner students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program.





Enhancing the Academic Experiences of Asian American/Pacific Islander Students


Contact: Mark Chiang, ASAM Interim Director,

AANAPISI Academic Advising

  • Students who fit the AANAPISI eligibility and would like to have supplemental academic advising, Jill Huynh is available. Make an appointment.

Connecting Asian American/Pacific Islander Students to the Community

College and Career Pathways

  • UIC students are placed as tutors for students in CPS programs and also foster Asian American student interest in entering the education field.

Contact: Karen Su, Principal Investigator,

Building and Strengthening Asian American/Pacific Islander Student Support

Capacity Building

Contact: Jeffrey Alton, Associate Director of AARCC,

Educational Employment Grants

  • The AANAPISI Educational Employment Grants provide funding for student employees to work on special projects with staff, faculty, or UIC units. A partnership between the UIC AANAPISI Initiative, Student Employment, and the Career Services Office, student employees are mentored by their supervisors to engage in a guided career development framework aimed at building lifelong career skills to support lifelong professional success.

Contact: Sophia Park at Career Services,

For more information on any of the above programs, please contact:
Contact: Karen Su, Principal Investigator,

A collaboration of: Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) • Asian American Studies Program (ASAM) • College of Education • First Year Writing Program • Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) • Office of Career Services • Office of Social Science Research (OSSR) • Office of Student Employment • Office of Special Scholarship Programs (OSSP) • Writing Center


September 2015: UIC awarded $1.5 million for Asian American Student Initiative

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October 2011: UIC Receives $2 Million for Asian American Students Initiative

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a five-year, $2 million grant to support recruitment, retention and graduation of Asian American and Pacific Islander students.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution program, will fund academic and writing skills development, college preparation, career advancement and financial aid.

It is UIC's second federal grant to serve this minority in the past year, said Kevin Kumashiro, UIC professor of Asian American studies and education, and the grant's principal investigator.

Federal support "recognizes the diversity among our Asian American students, but also the many significant challenges they face, especially English-language learners and students with limited financial resources," Kumashiro said. "This grant will be instrumental in expanding the capacity of UIC to support our students in achieving their educational goals."

The Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution Initiative at UIC is led by the Asian American studies program and the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center. It was established last year with a five-year, $1.86 million grant.

The latest grant will expand advising, assessment and workshops by the UIC Academic Center for Excellence and tutoring by the UIC Writing Center, Kumashiro said. It will allow the centers to better serve English-language learners, including but not limited to, Asian Americans.

Among other recipients of assistance is the UIC Office of Special Scholarship Programs, which will award $200,000 in scholarships per year to Asian American and Pacific Islander students. The UIC College of Education will partner with the initiative to lead tutoring for K-12 students and field-projects for prospective teachers.

Approximately 20% of UIC students identify themselves as Asian American and Pacific Islander. National census figures indicate the category embraces more than 50 ethnic groups and 100 languages. The UIC initiative's goals include recruitment of underrepresented sub-groups within the Asian American community.

UIC ranks among the nation's leading research universities and is Chicago's largest university with 27,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state's major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.

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October 2010: UIC Awarded $1.86M for Asian American Student Initiative

We are thrilled to announce that UIC is one of the recipients of the AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions) grant. The grant funding will be an unprecedented opportunity for UIC to support Asian American students on campus through the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) as well as the Asian American Studies (ASAM) Program:

  • AARCC will be able to expand our center’s space, enhance the Asian American Mentor Program, and hire a new Associate Director for student support initiatives.
  • ASAM will be able to strengthen the curriculum through increased course offerings, an innovative Study Abroad program, and community engagement initiatives for the newly established Minor.
  • The grant will also support an institutional data research effort to gather disaggregated data so we can understand the ethnic-specific needs of students within this diverse campus population.

The U.S. Department of Education’s term “Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander” refers to Asian American students (with origins from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia including the Philippines) and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander students (with origins from Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, and other Pacific Islands.)

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