Budget Ask – AANHPI Student Support Programs

What is this Budget Ask about?

This budget request is to direct $16 million for the California State University (CSU) and California Community Colleges (CCC) Collaborative. This Collaborative will create a consortium for culturally responsive on-campus student support programs specifically for low-income, underserved, first-generation Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) students to increase higher education retention and attainment. This funding would prioritize CSU and CCC schools that are federally designated as minority serving institutions, which, by federal definition, require that “an institution must have at least 10% full-time AANHPI students, of which 50% must be low income according to Pell Grant requirements.”

How does it align with yli’s values?

As an unapologetically anti-racist organization whose staff and youth participants are almost entirely Black, Indigenous and people of color, yli is witness to the profound impacts of inequities in our education system and beyond. We strongly support efforts to increase access to educational opportunities for youth of color who are most impacted by these inequities. 

This policy aligns with our Education Justice Platform.

What is yli doing about it?

We have just submitted a letter of support for this ask, and we are voicing our support on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Who else supports this Act?

  • California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs

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