UIC AANAPISI Initiative
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.) Click to 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
Click here to view a short video about the AANAPISI Initiative at UIC.
The Current AANAPISI Part A Grant (2016 – 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 Learning Center, the UIC Library, Counseling Center, Office of Social Science Research (OSSR), and other on- and off-campus organizations.
2016 – 2020 AANAPISI Programs
The Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) and Global Asian Studies Program (GLAS) are partnering to offer special 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
Summer College Seminar: A six-week summer seminar for incoming first-year introducing students to Global Asian Studies, academic and library research skills.
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 enroll in a 3-credit seminar in the spring focusing on Community Engagement in Asian American Communities as a prerequisite to an off-campus internship placement after completing the course. Students enroll in a Practicum course for academic credit during their internship with an organization off-campus.
Students participate in an annual symposium that showcases their accomplishments with the units and organizations supporting them.
Past AANAPISI Initiatives
Click here to view a report on the 2010-2015 AANAPISI Part A Grant.
Check back soon for the 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, AAMP & College Day Programs
Radha Modi, GLAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Mark Chiang, GLAS Faculty
Lorenzo Perillo, GLAS Faculty
Michael Jin, GLAS Faculty
Corinne Kodama, Evaluator
Tracy Sikorski, OSSR Director
Vainis Aleksa, Writing Tutor Supervisor
Alyne Connie, GLAS Library Supervisor
Florencio Diaz, Math Tutor Supervisor
Sam Hsieh, Graduate Administrative Assistant
Imee Ignacio, Graduate Assistant, AAMP
Daniel Ingebretson, Graduate Assistant Tutor Coordinator, Math Learning Center
Jessica Smietana, Graduate Assistant Tutor Coordinator, AAMP
Henna Vohra, Graduate Assistant Tutor Coordinator, GLAS, and College Day
Undergraduate Research Tutors (Library)
Undergraduate Outreach Coordinators
Ram Patel, Liaison to Native American Support Program and Pacific Islander Outreach Coordinator
Kimo Carl, Liaison to Native American Support Program and Pacific Islander Outreach Coordinator
George Acuna, Undergraduate Graphic Designer
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