Becoming an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Thriving Institution



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Portland State is officially an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), which means that at least 10% of PSU’s undergraduate students identify as AAPI and at least 50% of its students are Pell-eligible.

During national AANAPISI Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 1), our panel explores and celebrates what it means to be an AANAPISI and how a new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education will increase our capacity to support AAPI student success in service to our whole campus community.

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  • Betty Izumi, professor and interim Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs in the School of Public Health

  • Michelle Lee, coordinator of Asian, Pacific Islander & Desi Student Services

  • Toeutu Faaleava, McNair Scholars Program Director

  • Christian Aniciete ‘10, MBA ‘23, president of API Forward

  • Taliilagi "Tali" Aumavae, student ambassador, EMPOWER mentor and vice president of the Pacific Islander’s Club


College students, Pacific Islander Americans, Asian Americans, Minorities in higher education


Education | Social Justice

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Becoming an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Thriving Institution