The President has made it a top priority to provide a complete and competitive education for all Americans and has set new goals for this country: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. WHIAAPI works to ensure that every student in our country graduates from high school prepared for college and a successful career. These goals are central to rebuilding our economy and securing a brighter economic future for all Americans.
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) play a critical role in our system of higher education, in our communities, and in securing our nation’s economic growth. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) provide a gateway into underserved communities, and AANAPISIs reach low-income AAPI students in ways that matter more – retention, graduation, language access, and mentoring. Two-thirds of AAPI undergraduate enrollment is concentrated in 200 institutions, and in the last four years, funds allocated to the AANAPISI program has increased by 62 percent. AANAPISIs are invested in educating the fastest growing communities through culturally sensitive and relevant curricula, environments that encourage students to develop a sense of identity and self-worth, and by investing in students with need.
Bullying and Harassment
School violence in the form of bullying and harassment can leave youth with feelings of hopelessness, affect academic performance, disrupt family life, and stunt emotional growth. Every day, thousands of kids, teens, and young adults around the country are bullied. Data from the federal government shows that nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each school year – upwards of 13 million students. Students involved in bullying are more likely to have challenges in school, to abuse drugs and alcohol, and to have health and mental health issues. Bullying in the AAPI community presents unique circumstances complicated by linguistic, cultural, and religious issues. Over half of Asian students who reported being bullied at school indicated the bullying occurred in the classroom. In fact, AAPI students reported the highest rate of classroom bullying, 20 percent higher than any race or ethnic group, and studies have found that 65% of Sikh students in New York and 69% of Sikh students in San Francisco reported bullying at school. WHIAAPI recognizes that multiple factors complicate the issues of bullying and harassment, and seeks to educate parents, educators, and school administrators about the unique challenges that AAPI youth encounter in the context of bullying.