The California State University, Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative at Cal Poly Pomona

The purpose of the California State University, Asian American and Pacific Islander (CSU AAPI) Initiative is to increase the enrollment and college graduation rates of underserved (Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders) AAPI students within the CSU systems.

Cal Poly Pomona has been active in the CSU AAPI Initiative since 2013. In order to strategically reach underserving students of the surrounding communities, the university has identified a target demographic of all low social-economic status (SES) within the AAPI Initiative community groups.

Current programs and partnerships within the communities include:

-Outreach to school and community based organizations and events

-Partnerships with local high school and community organizations

-Peer Mentor Program for current students

-Writing workshops

-Collaboration with Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Office of Outreach 

To learn more about the CSU APPI Initiative, visit: http://www.calstate.edu/externalrelations/partnerships/asian-pacific.shtml


School Based Outreach

Working with our local school district, the CSU AAPI Initiative at Cal Poly Pomona is focused on reaching underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander students by providing educational and informational workshops. The program provides high school students with current CSU admissions and financial aid requirements, information on support programs such as Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) or Talent Search, and connect high school students with college mentors. The program has been established and on-going at Garey High School since 2014. 

Highlights from 2016:

Highlights 2016 1     Highlights 2016 2

Highlights 2016 3    Highlights 2016

Community Based Outreach

One of the most powerful ways in reaching our target students is by being visibly present in the communities we want to reach. Our goal is to create access to information and to allow more accessible resources by presenting and tabling during non-tradition formats such as cultural festivals, various religious congregation, and community events. 


Asian Pacific Islander Peer Mentor Program (API PMP)

Launched in the spring of 2016, the peer mentor program focuses on providing mentoring and emotional support for current Cal Poly Pomona students. The program is intended targeted towards first year first time and first year transfer students to support students throughout their college career. Data shows that many underserved AAPI students do not complete their college degree due to various factors such as being first generations college students, tackling new and increasing academic demands, needing to work, and finding school and personal life balance. The peer mentor program offers current students an outlet to get guidance from peers on ways to approach the demands of college life and to finding key strategies for academic success.

PMP Logo

PMP logo

Writing Support Workshops

Piloted in the spring of 2016, the writing support workshops is intended to support current Cal Poly Pomona students in the area of writing. The workshops focuses on a variety writing styles and format including writing to pass the CSU Writing Proficiency Exam, at Cal Poly Pomona it is the Graduation Writing Test (GWT). Based on funding, the writing support workshops may return for the 2016-2017 academic year.


The Student Ambassadors program is the life blood of the AAPI Initiative at Cal Poly Pomona. Student ambassadors are volunteers that come from all majors and academic grade levels. They participate in outreach, mentoring, and signature events such as the Journey to Success (College Expo). In support of our student ambassadors’ role, continual training is provided on and off campus to develop students’ knowledge of admissions, outreach, and available support services. In addition to furthering their  basic knowledge of admissions and outreach, student ambassadors s are also encouraged to broaden their knowledge in social-economic issues and challenges relating to the AAPI communities by participating in retreats and conferences such as the annual Asian and Pacific American in Higher Education (APAHE) and the CSU APPI fall and spring retreats.

Program Assistant and Student Ambassadors

Many opportunities will arise for student ambassadors to take on various leadership initiatives. The student ambassador are challenged to take on leads roles which allows for them to utilize their leadership skills in directing and coordinating various events such as community outreach, Garey High School visits and workshop presentations. The program assistant role is an emerging professional role that requires extensive hours in coordinating, facilitating, training and running various existing programs. This is a great opportunity for student ambassadors interested in exploring careers in higher education and to gain first-hand experience in working in student affairs.

Program Assistant

Program Assistant Sony Stewart

Sony Stewart (CCP Alum)

(2015-16 Academic Year)

Past Program Assistants

Program Assistant Vicky Quach             Program Assistant Patric Khiev

Vicky Quach, MS (Azusa Pacific)              Patric Khiev, MS (Cal Poly Pomona)

    (2014-15 Academic Year)                          (2013-14 Academic Year)

To learn more about opportunities to serve as a program assistant position, contact APISC coordinator: Thavery Lay-Bounpraseuth, tlay@cpp.edu or 909 869-5025.

To learn more about Asian Amvericans in Higher Education (APAHE), visit http://apahenational.org/