FAQ

What does AANAPISI stand for?

It stands for Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. It recognizes Pacific Islanders as the indigenous group in Pacific Islands, such as (in the U.S. Jurisdictions & Territories) Carolinian, Chamorro, Chuukese, Fijian, Guamanian, Hawaiian, Kosraean, Marshallesse, Native Hawaiian, Niuean, Palauan, Pohnpeian, Samoan, Tokelauan, Tongan, Yapese.

What is the AANAPISI Center?

The Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Center (the AANAPISI Center) is a centralized gathering space where all students, particularly Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other underserved students, can connect to build community and seek academic and other support, all with a culturally-relevant approach.

What is the purpose of the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program?

The AANAPISI program provides discretionary grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) to enable them to improve their academic quality, increase their self-sufficiency, and strengthen their capacity to make a substantial contribution to the higher education resources of the Nation. At the time of application, IHEs applying for funds under the AANAPISI program must have an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 10 percent Asian American or Native American-Pacific Islander. South Seattle College was a recipient of two different AANAPISI grants in 2008 and 2011; the campus continues to support the AANAPISI Center and various aspects of former grant programming.

Does AANAPISI serve non-AAPI students?

Yes, we serve everyone. Our practice is to provide culturally-relevant services.

How can I make an appointment with advisor(s)?

To schedule an advising appointment, come to the Advising Center in Robert Smith Building, Rm 11, or call 206-934-5387. All advising appointments are made by the Advising Center – even for AANAPISI Advisors.

What resources can I find in the AANAPISI Center?

AANAPSISI provides many resources related to South’s campus and the academic community in general. Many of our students have questions about FAFSA, scholarships, transfer, and tutoring. Through the years we have taken into account the needs and requests of our students and have provided resources such as tutoring programs for various subjects as well as FAFSA, transfer, and scholarship handouts and references. Our fantastic advisors are also well trained in these areas of concern, and they will personally help or make appropriate referrals when needed.

What kind of space does the AANAPISI Center provide?

The AANAPISI Center provides a resting area and individual study space. The center has a microwave, white boards, computers, and supplies for students to use.