IVC has been awarded an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) grant from the US Department of Education. The five-year, $1.9 million grant will allow IVC to implement the Equitable Learning Experience Valuing Achievement, Transfer, Empowering Asian American Pacific Islander (ELEVATE AAPI @IVC) program, building upon previous AANAPISI funding and outcomes. The project, which begins this month, will be led by Counselor Marianne Wolfe under the leadership of Dean of Liberal Arts Brooke Bui.
ELEVATE will provide wraparound services and learning communities to 300 students in cohort groups of 60 students, with a focus on serving disadvantaged AAPI students who are impacted by: poverty, low academic attainment, their status as a first- generation college student, mental health challenges, and/or marginalization due to LGBTQIA+ identification. ELEVATE will continue to support AAPI cultural heritage and enrichment programming on campus as well and function out of IVC's Center for Asian American Native American and Pacific Islanders (CAANAPI).