The BMCC – Hunter AANAPISI Bridge Initiative offers student programs and faculty development that support the diverse needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other high-need students at the two CUNY institutions.
In October 2020, Hunter College was awarded a five-year (2020-2025) AANAPISI Part A collaborative grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Serving Institution program to build joint programs with Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). As federally designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Hunter and BMCC serve a substantial number of Asian American and Pacific Islander students who are low-income, first-generation, and/or students from immigrant families. To learn more about AANAPISIs, visit: https://www.ncapaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/NCAPA-AANAPISI-Brief.pdf
ABI uses Identity and Purpose models created by the Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP), a program that received federal AANAPISI grant funding in 2016. HCAP’s model uses evidence-based interventions that center student identities and purpose to support overall student success. We hope to bridge resources that will enhance AAPI student experiences, create joint spaces for faculty and staff at both institutions to exchange information, and build community among BMCC and Hunter students.