ELEVATE AAPI Mission Statement
As an AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) grant recipient, ELEVATE AAPI @ IVC’s goal is to close the gaps in academic achievement and transfer among students at Irvine Valley College by focusing on subgroups that are historically underrepresented in higher education. Our integrated activities, pathway and services are designed to provide educational experiences that support and challenge our students.
Why focus on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders?
In many ways, Asian Americans have done remarkably well in achieving "the American dream" of getting a good education, working at a good job, and achieving upward socioeconomic mobility. So much so that the image many have of Asian Americans is that they are the "model minority" — a bright, shining example of hard work and patience whose example other minority groups should follow. However, the practical reality is slightly more complicated. The truth is that the Asian American community is a diverse body, made up of a multiplicity of ethnic groups. Each of these groups takes pride in its own specific cultural identity and negotiates its own complicated set of strengths and challenges. However, because Asian America is often clumped together, the whole Asian American and Pacific Islander community is generalized, overlooked, underrepresented, and often misrepresented. This oversight can prevent institutions from recognizing, addressing, and meeting each group’s specific needs. ELEVATE AAPI @ IVC seeks to create awareness while addressing the unique challenges of our AAPI population.
For more information about this community, please visit the Growing Influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.