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Student success, Asian American college students, Race discrimination -- United States, Asian Americans -- Social conditions, Pacific Islanders -- Education (Higher) -- United States, Racial justice, Racism, Anti-racism


During spring 2016, Portland State University (PSU) President Wim Wiewel created the Task Force on Asian-American, Asian, and Pacific Islander Student Success to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for PSU in continuing to serve the broad range and diversity of Asian-American/Asian/Pacific Islander students. The Task Force was charged to make recommendations to the President and university on how PSU can best serve the higher education needs and aspirations of students from these communities.

The Task Force met twice during spring 2016 and monthly from September 2016 through June 2017. The co-chairs and research assistants met weekly to discuss progress and logistics. Task Force responsibilities were distributed among four subcommittees, which met outside of Task Force meetings, to discuss subcommittee topics: student recruitment, student retention, faculty recruitment and retention, policies and practices at comparable institutions that may serve as models for PSU. Task Force activities included analyzing student, faculty and staff data, facilitating and participating in student forums to learn more about Asian-American/Asian/Pacific Islander student needs, reviewing existing PSU programs that serve these students, conducting relevant literature reviews, conducting interviews with individuals at academic institutions with Asian-American Studies programs, and meeting with PSU administrators and faculty.

Updated and related report:
Asian American and Pacific Islander Presidential Fellows Report (2021)


Chairs of the Task Force

Betty Izumi, Associate Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Toeutu Faaleava, Assistant Professor and Director, McNair Scholars Program

Members of the Task Force

Alma Trinidad, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and BUILD EXITO Faculty

Christina Sun, Assistant Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Herico Aiten, Student and EMPOWER Mentor

Kanani Porotesano, Assistant Director, Campus Visitations and Events, Admissions and New Student Programs

Lifia Teguh, Student and Indonesian Student Association

Lisa Kwon, Student and Korean Student Association, Associated Students of Portland State University, Equity and Empowerment Mentor

Makerusa Porotesano, Program Coordinator, Pacific Islander, Asian and Asian American Student Center (PIAAA) Student Center

Masami Nishishiba, Assistant Professor, Department Chair, Hatfield School of Government: Public Administration

Matthew Sagayaga, Counselor, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Michelle Lee, Coordinator, Asian and Pacific Islander Student Services

Moti Hara, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education

Patrick Villaflores, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion

Renjeng Su, Dean, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

Sheena Ino, Assistant Director, Women's Resource Center

Virginia Luka, Academic and Pre-Professional Student Group Advisor of Student Activities and Leadership Programming (SALP)

Research Assistants to the Task Force

Eliza Alvarez McBride, Graduate Research Assistant

Tiffany Amber Ganir, Undergraduate Research Assistant and Kaibigan, EMPOWER Mentor, BUILD EXITO Mentor

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