UCI is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).  This federal designation aligns with UCI’s aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence.  As a designated AANAPISI, UCI faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply for Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) grants, internships and partnerships.

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  • Doug Haynes

In Observation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day ♥ ★

Dear campus community, Today, we observe Indigenous Peoples' Day. Recognized by U.S. President Joe Biden last Friday, this day honors Native peoples for their many contributions to American society while acknowledging the history of federal [...]


AY 2019-2020 Milestones
Fall Quarter 2019
UCI hosts APIA Scholars Jump Start College Tour + Pathways to STEM Careers, a college access program that brought nearly 300 students and parents to campus (https://apiascholars.org/opportunities/programs/jump-start-college-tour/)
AY 2018-2019 Milestones
Fall Quarter 2018
UCI presentation on “Uncovering the Diversity of AAPI Students” highlighted in Electronic Proceedings of 2017 Minority Serving Institution Convening.
AY 2017-2018 Milestones
Spring Quarter 2018
UCI partners with Irvine Valley College and Coastline Community College to initiate Orange County AANAPISI Consortium.
Winter Quarter 2018
UCI hosts Jump Start College Tour with Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), de-mystifying higher education access for 400+ families.
AY 2016-2017 Milestones
Spring Quarter 2017
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Douglas Haynes announces establishment of campus-wide AANAPISI task force. View task force report here.
Spring Quarter 2017
Advancing Inclusive Excellence: UCI as an AANAPISI:  The Office of Inclusive Excellence hosts Akil Vohra, UCI alumnus and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI).
Fall Quarter 2016
UCI awarded AANAPISI Title III Part F grant for DECADE PLUS






  • AAPI Graduation Celebrations
    • Pilipinx Graduation Celebration
    • Southeast Asian Graduation Celebration
    • Vietnamese Graduation Celebration


Grant Title III Funding

The AANAPISI Program provides grants and related assistance to Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions to expand their capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals

UCI holds an AANAPISI Title III, Part F grant for DECADE PLUS