Sending Office: Honorable Mark Takano
Sent By:

Support the Strengthening Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program

*This is a programmatic request.*

Current Signers: Bordallo, Chu, Davis (Danny), Green (Al), Grijalva, Jayapal, Kihuen, Krishnamoorthi, Lee (Barbara), Lee (Sheila Jackson), Rosen, Sablan

Dear Colleague:

We urge you to join in signing the letter below asking the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee to provide $30 million in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 LHHS Appropriations bill for the Strengthening
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) program.

The AANAPISI program provides grants and other supports to build the capacity and effectiveness of institutions that serve considerable numbers of low-income and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Ten years after its founding, the AANAPISI
program provides culturally-sensitive tutoring and counseling services, improves retention, graduation, and outreach strategies, and increases the reflection of AAPI history and culture in the classroom, for 75 percent of all low-income AAPI students and 40
percent of all AAPI students in the nation.

Past funding levels have limited the number of institutions able to receive support from this program to a fraction of the eligible institutions. In fact, according to the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE),
it would require an additional $22.8 million per year to provide grants to all designated AANAPISIs. This request would bring the AANAPISI program funding up to at least its fully authorized level.

To sign the letter or if you have any questions, please contact Kota Mizutani (Takano), 52305, Ngoc Nguyen (Lowenthal) at,
57924, or Wooyoung Lim (Gomez), 56235, by 6:00pm on Thursday, March 15, 2018.




Mark Takano
Member of Congress

Alan Lowenthal
Member of Congress

Jimmy Gomez
Member of Congress