Rep. Chu Celebrates Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Week 2020

Sep 30, 2020 Issues: Education

Washington, D.C. — Today Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), introduced a resolution recognizing September 28– October 2, 2020 as Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Week. This week commemorates the achievements and goals of AANAPISIs and their work to provide quality educational opportunities to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. The AANAPISI program was first authorized in 2007 through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act in order to improve the availability and quality of postsecondary education programs to serve AAPI and low-income students. Rep. Chu released the following statement:

“It is a privilege to recognize AANAPISI Week and to celebrate the incredible contributions these universities make to our whole country. Like other Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), AANAPISIs help put low-income, first generation AAPI students on a path to better opportunities and higher wages. This is especially critical as AAPIs are the fastest growing demographic group in our country and will make up a sizeable portion of our nation’s future workforce. And with AANAPISIs serving almost half of all AAPI students in higher education, that makes support for these institutions key to ensuring that more AAPIs have access to obtaining a college degree. AANAPISIs have also demonstrated success at helping more students find careers in STEM fields, which are so important to the future of our economy. That is why I am so glad we were able to permanently authorize critical funding for AANAPISIs in the FUTURE Act, which was signed into law last year. We must do all that we can to ensure everybody in this country has an equal chance to succeed, contribute, and thrive. And that must include support for AANAPISIs and other MSIs. This AANAPISI week, I hope more Americans are made aware of the existence and importance of these institutions and the vital role they play in advancing opportunities for AAPI students, workers, and families.”