AANAPISI Program

​​​​​The AANAPISI Program at Dallas College’s Richland campus aims to recognize and support the needs of our growing AAPI student population by providing resources and opportunities for degree attainment and advancement.

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AANAPISI stands for "Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution." Dallas College’s Richland campus has been awarded an AANAPISI grant due to its large Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AAPI) population. The AANAPISI Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, under the Office of Postsecondary Education. AANAPISIs are critical sites for serving low-income AAPI students and supporting degree attainment among AAPI students. The program provides grants and related assistance to Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions to enable such institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals.

Why is the program necessary?

There is a large influx of AAPI refugees in the U.S. annually, with many residing in Texas. Many will face difficulties adjusting in a new country. AANAPISIs can target resources to respond to the unique needs of AAPI students. They serve and are located in AAPI communities that face a number of challenges.

Challenges facing AAPIs:

  • Cultural integration
  • Language barrier
  • Underrepresentation
  • Financial difficulties
  • First-generation college-goers

Secondly, there is a myth (the model minority myth) that AAPI students do not face challenges in college and can obtain social and economic ​success in their career without assistance. While this is true for some of the AAPI population there is still a need for support among the rest of the AAPI population.

The AAPI population is growing statewide with many settling in the surrounding neighborhoods of Richland College. There is a growing concern as well as support for AAPI students that is leading to more accessible resources.

AANAPISI Resources

As the AAPI population continues to grow statewide, we want AAPI students to know there are several valuable resources to help them find the support they need:

AAPI Lead Program

Dallas College recognizes the need for AAPI leadership representation. The AAPI Lead Program gives students opportunities to attend leadership courses at no cost for tuition or books.

Learn more about AAPI Lead.