South became one of the first six recipients in the country, among two-year and four-year institutions, to receive the AANAPISI designation. In October 2008, $2.4 million in grant funding was awarded to South to improve the retention, progression, and graduation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Students (AAPI). This was the first time in US history that legislative intent was used to address issues relative to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student success. In October 2011, South received a second AANAPISI grant for $2 million across 5 years. South’s AAPI students make up the largest population of students of color at South Seattle College.
In 2011, the AANAPISI designation became officially recognized as a type of Minority Serving Institution (MSI), opening up opportunities to other funding resources for South. South is dedicated to serving its diverse student populations. The AAPI-targeted programs and services developed under the AANAPISI program, which support the college’s mission and college priorities, were (and continue to be) open to all students, and improved the success of all student populations.
AANAPISI Grant (2008-2011)
Beyond the Model Minority Myth: Asian/Pacific Islander Success in Higher Education
The focus of South’s first AANAPISI grant was to build South’s capacity to improve the transition, retention, progression, transfer and graduation rates of underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Grant strategies focused on: (1) increasing AAPI English Language Learner (ELL) transitions to college level courses and programs; (2) strengthening AAPI first year experiences; (3) Increasing transition from ESL classes to college courses; (3) Improving AAPI retention, intervention strategies, and outreach; and (4) Developing AAPI transfer pathways to four year colleges and universities.
A partial list of continuing programs developed under this grant include:
- Transition Portfolios
- Financial Aid Education
- Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Study Group
- VOICES (Vision, Opportunity, Inclusion, Collaboration, Equity and Social Justice) and Lunch & Learn
- Asian American Pacific Islander Higher Education Resource Center (AAPIHERC)
- Associate of Arts degree with an API Studies emphasis
- Talk Story: Mobilizing Pacific Islanders in Higher Education
For a full list of programs developed under the first AANAPISI grant, please see the AANAPISI 2008-2011 Initiatives.
Title III A, AANAPISI Grant (2011-2016)
Fulfilling Our Promise to AAPI Students: "Start Here, Go Anywhere"
In October 2011, South was awarded a second AANAPISI development grant. This grant built upon the lessons learned from the first grant in strengthening South’s ability to serve low-income, under-served students with AAPI-targeted strategies. This project focused on providing: (1) services; and (2) creating a culturally responsive learning environment here at South.
The AANAPISI Center is the hub for AANAPISI programming. Our mission:
The AANAPISI Center is a centralized gathering space where Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other underserved students, receive high quality, culturally relevant, programs and services. The AANAPISI Center exists to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus to foster academic success.
The AANAPISI Center, located on the second floor of the Library, was built with the intent to provide structured holistic support for AAPI students, including culturally-relevant pro-active, academic advising and educational planning, mentoring, tutoring, identity and leadership development. The Center also hosted faculty and staff professional development on understanding, working with, and engaging AAPI students and connection to the larger AAPI community.
Other major initiatives include:
- Online Learner Orientation
- Cultural Role Models
- Community Service Learning
- Financial Literacy, Funding Assistance, and Scholarships
- South’s Transfer Advocate Program (TAP)
- Individual Progression Portfolios
- VOICES (Vision Opportunity Inclusion Collaboration Equity and Social Justice) professional development learning community
- Engaging in Promising Practices Conference (February 6-7, 2015)
- Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
Post-Grant Era (2016-Present)
South Seattle College institutionalized the AANAPISI Center and sustained programming and activities that continue to serve the campus and community.
Collaborative initiatives and events include:
- APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Workshop
- A Cultural Lens Into Disney’s Moana
- UW Personal Statement Workshop
- Mental Health Week
- Ava Ceremony (Video)
- South Men of Color (Co-Chair - Simon Boonsripaisal - 2016-2018)
- Who Will Fail First?
- Day of Remembrance
- Get Jiggly Social (Video)
- Super Saiyan it UP! DBZ Event
- We Are Here Project (Video)
- Pokémon Go Club (Club Staff Advisor: Simon Boonsripaisal - 2016-2017)
- Southeast Asian Association (Club Staff Advisor: Simon Boonsripaisal - 2016-2019)
- African Student Association (Club Staff Advisor: Simon Boonsripaisal - 2016-2017)
- AAPI Fashion with a Purpose
- Dance Club (Club Staff Advisor: Simon Boonsripaisal - 2016-2018)
- Latinx Student Union (Club Staff Advisor: Simon Boonsripaisal - 2016-2017)
- Math Pathways Team Member (Statway): Simon Boonsripaisal - 2016-2018
- Inclusion Advocate (Simon Boonsripaisal – 2016-2019)
- APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship One-on-One Assistance
- Day of Remembrance
- Trauma In Our Neighborhoods Documentary and Discussion
- Place Matter: Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes Documentary and Discussion
- Spicy Ramen Challenge! (Video)
- The Chinese Gardens Documentary and Discussion
- Kuma Hina Documentary and Discussion
- Painted Nails Documentary and Discussion
- Finding Samuel Lowe From Harlem to China
- Advising Syllabus (Committee Member: Simon Boonsripaisal – 2018-2019)
- Guided Pathways Program Mapping
- Simon Boonsripaisal - Lead Advisor for Humanities & Language, Arts, Design & Graphics – 2018-2019
- Kat Coelho-Vermeulen - Lead Advisor for STEM – Biological Sciences – 2018-Present
- South Men of Color (Project Leader Mentor A/Program Evaluator: Simon Boonsripaisal - 2018-2019)
- Day of Remembrance
- Thai New Year (Songkran) Inspired Paper Flower Bud Craft Making Workshops
- RAMADAN Documentary and Discussion
- IN YO FACE! Beyond the B.A. How I got into PHD Programs – BIGGER BETTER OPPORTUNITIES
- The Roast of Simon