AANAPISI Initiative

UIC is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. Some of AARCC's programs and services have been enhanced by AANAPISI.

The UIC AANAPISI Initiative supports the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Asian American and Pacific Islander students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program. 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.) View a video from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: What is an AANAPISI?

UIC is federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) through its status as a funded AANAPISI. AANAPISI programs are open to all UIC students. UIC has received three grants that make up the AANAPISI Initiative:

  • 2010-2015: Part A Grant, $1.9 million
  • 2011-2016: Part F Grant, $2 million
  • 2015-2020: Part A Grant, $1.5 million

AANAPISI Newsletters

We are pleased to share the following news to update the UIC campus community on AANAPISI happenings.We hope to inform you more regularly about AANAPISI initiatives through this newsletter.

View a short video about the AANAPISI Initiative at UIC

The Current AANAPISI Part A Grant (2015 – 2020)

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Pipeline for Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Success (UIC PASS) supports the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Asian American and Pacific Islander students, primarily aiming to serve students who are first generation college students, low-income, immigrant, English language learner and/or in need of academic support. UIC PASS aims to build a network of learning communities on and off-campus to meet the needs of AAPI students during their transition to college, engage with academic and social support while in college, create a sense of belonging and civic engagement, as well as ease their transition from college to their chosen careers.

UIC PASS strengthens and integrates academic, social, and student support services through partnerships between the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) and the Global Asian Studies Program (GLAS), as well as other academic support units and services, including the Writing Center, Math and Sciences Learning Center, Office of Social Science Research (OSSR), and other on- and off-campus organizations.

2015 – 2020 AANAPISI Programs

The Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) and Global Asian Studies Program (GLAS) are partnering to offer special programs:

First-Year Programs

Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP)

Summer AAMP: A six-week program for summer college students in any program with an hour of tutoring for students in Summer Enrichment Writing and Math Workshops.

Fall AAMP: A fall semester mentor program for new students. Students will enroll in a 1-credit GLAS seminar and participate in small and large group activities with peer mentors. AAMP will provide writing, math, and chemistry tutors and an embedded counselor and other services and support.

Global Asian Studies (GLAS) Courses

General Education Courses with Enhanced Tutoring: Introductory courses on a variety of topics that integrate writing and library research tutors into the course. These meet general education requirements.

Click here to view courses on the GLAS website.

On- and Off-Campus Internship Opportunities

On-campus internships: Students enroll in a 1-credit seminar in the spring focusing on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education as a prerequisite to an on-campus internship placement after completing the course. Students enroll in a Practicum course for academic credit during their internship.

Off-campus internships: Students have the opportunity to intern with Asian American community organizations in Chicago for academic credit through an internships Practicum course.

Students participate in an annual symposium that showcases their accomplishments with the units and organizations supporting them.


Uncovering the Diversity of Asian American Students at UIC is a research report from the UIC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Initiative. This report is available online in two versions:

The report presents the findings of a four-year, online, quantitative survey with 1700 respondents and a two year, qualitative study (focus groups and interviews) with 46 participants. The research analyzed data disaggregated by ethnicity, finding ethnic-specific group differences in family income, being first-generation to attend college, parental education levels, high school background, and academic readiness. The report also highlights common themes from Asian American undergraduate student experiences at UIC.

Part A Report
The Part A report showcases the activities of UIC’s first AANAPISI grant (2010-15) enhancing programs in the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, Asian American Studies (now Global Asian Studies), and funding the research for Uncovering the Diversity of Asian American Students.

Click here to view a report on the 2010-2015 AANAPISI Part A Grant.


Part F Report

The Part F report showcases the activities of UIC’s second AANAPISI grant (2011-16) which strengthened academic services and financial support to AAPI students through cross-campus collaborations involving advising, Writing Center, First-Year Writing Program, Office of Special Scholarship Programs, and Office of Career Services.

Click here to view a report on the 2011-2016 AANAPISI Part F Grant.


Karen Su
Principal Investigator and Project Director

Mark Martell,
Co-Principal Investigator and AARCC Director

Anna Guevarra,
Co-Principal Investigator and GLAS Director

Jeffrey Alton,
AARCC Associate Director, Asian American Mentor Program

Alyson Kung, AARCC Program Manager for Education and Outreach, College Day

Mark Chiang,
GLAS Faculty

Lorenzo Perillo,
GLAS Faculty

Michael Jin,
GLAS Faculty

Corinne Kodama,

Tracy Sikorski,
OSSR Director

Vainis Aleksa,
Writing Tutor Liaison

Florencio Diaz,
Math Tutor Liaison

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