APIFSA fully supports this university wide effort.
Cal State University San Marcos was on the cutting edge last Spring 2008 when the Asian American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) legislation finally passed through Congress. Matt Ceppi, Bob Yamashita, Garry Rolison, Evelyn Andrews, Greg Toya, and Allen Risley, almost overnight, put together a very technical application that was submitted to the Department of Education and was accepted--designating us an AANAPI-Serving Institution!
President Haynes has invited faculty and staff to join her in celebrating our hard earned status on April 21. 3pm to 4 pm. Faculty and staff should RSVP to 760 750 4045.
This celebration is well timed. In the near future, we expect the new grant cycle to be announced and this designation makes us eligible to apply for up to two million dollars in federal funding that will help us to support API students and enrich API culture, curriculum, and awareness on campus. It also allows CSUSM access to a number of other federal grants not pertaining to API issues since the designation carries with it the understanding that institutions like ours face special challenges. This grant opportunity goes hand-in-hand with HSI-Serving Institution - they do not compete!
Provost Emily Cutrer appointed a task force to pursue the project and grant opportunities, and Dr. Susie Lan Cassel has volunteered to chair. Task force members include Allen Risley, Anthony Lao (student), David Barsky, Dilcie Perez, Evelyn Andrews, Gregory Toya, Krystal David (student), Lorena Meza, Michael Yee, Nathan Evans, Robert Yamashita, and Vicki Golich. Please contact her for more information or if you would like to get involved.
April 2009 Update from Dr. Susie Lan Cassel
Photo at left from President Haynes' reception on Tuesday April 21, 2009 to celebrate the AANAPI Serving Institution designation. Fifty-five supporters enjoyed the afternoon food on the President's Terrace.