ASCEND: AANAPI Student Success Center & Development program

The Asian-American, Native American and Pacific Islander (AANAPI) Student Success Center & Development (ASCEND) Program is established to foster supportive, equitable and empowering learning environment for all campus individuals to actively engage in academic achievement and social justice that will lead to student success and University of tomorrow. The ASCEND Program is fully funded by the US Department of Education for 5 years, starting in 2022.

The ASCEND strategic goals are attentively developed to align with both Competitive Preference Priority I (meeting student social, emotional, and academic needs) & II (increasing postsecondary education access, affordability, completion, and post-enrollment success) affirmed by the funding agency. We expect over 2,000 target students to benefit from the ASCEND program in STEM success, including hundreds of students having their education and living expenses directly subsidized throughout 5-year project period. 

Currently, Project Resilience led by the Department of Asia Studies, the existing AANAPISI grantee (Part F) has been launched on campus in Fall 2021. Our ASCEND program (Part A) will magnify the AANAPISI missions at CSULB by broadening services to enlarge impacts of the fund on participants in need.