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Students, from left, Angela Sarte, Kristina Yang, and Maile Lazarin share their appreciation of AANAPISI Week and the support it represents for Asian Pacific Islander American students.

(Social media images)By Ahmed V. OrtizSacramento State joins universities across the nation this week in celebrating its status as an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).

AANAPISIs provide often critical support to Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) students in 29 states, including services to improve retention, graduation, and language access among low-income APIA students.

Sac State’s focus for the AANAPISI Week celebration is primarily on a campus, regional, statewide, and national media campaign surrounding the week, said Professor of Ethnic Studies Timothy P. Fong, director of the University’s Full Circle Project.

Sac State earned its designation in 2010, when the University’s enrollment met the U.S. Department of Education’s 10% enrollment threshold of Asian and Pacific Islander American students, most of whom are low income.

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