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, $2 million
  • 2011-2016: Part F Grant, $2.1 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 (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 Learning Center, the UIC Library, Counseling Center, Office of Social Science Research (OSSR), and other on- and off-campus organizations.