UC Berkeley receives its first AANAPISI federal grant

September 27, 2023

A historic milestone for equity and transformation 

The Division of Equity & Inclusion is thrilled to announce that UC Berkeley has been awarded its first AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions)* federal grant, marking a historic moment in our commitment to equity and transformation. Receiving this highly competitive, five-year grant, is a significant advancement forward, as it will enhance resources and opportunities for our campus — especially our Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian students — elevating their campus experience and fostering a greater sense of belonging at Cal.

This grant will serve as a catalyst for positive change, supporting the expansion of multiple student leadership and mentorship programs. Additionally, it will provide seed funding to cultivate research and scholarship in the fields of Critical Pacific Islander Studies and Southeast Asian American Studies. 

We are very excited to partner with Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD), the Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS) program, and the Asian American Research Center (AARC) to realize the objectives of this grant. This collaborative effort reflects our shared commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and belonging on our campus.

For the latest updates and news regarding this grant and its impact, please visit aanapisi.berkeley.edu. Together, we are stewards of possibility ushering in a culture of thriving and transformative change. 

*The term "Native American Pacific Islander" used by the federal government in this context means any descendant of the aboriginal people of any island in the Pacific Ocean that is a territory or possession of the United States. For more information, see federal definitions at https://bit.ly/46nxXAi

A group of students gathered on the grass holding up a string of lights

Southeast Asian Student Mixer in Fall 2022. Photo courtesy of Miya Sommers. 

A group of 15 or so people gathering and smiling at the camera. Backdrop is the ocean/walking path

APASD Fall 2023 Retreat. Image courtesy of Eunice Kwon. 

A group of students indoors holding up a white, purple, and yellow fabric

Pacific Islander Community Office (PICO) Grand Opening in Spring 2023. Photo courtesy of Angel Halafihi. 

A group gathered for SSWANA Cultural Night

SSWANA Cultural Night. Photo courtesy of Doaa Dorgham.