BMCC-Hunter AANAPISI Bridge Initiative (ABI):

The AANAPISI Bridge Initiative (ABI) is a new partnership between Borough of Manhattan Community College and Hunter College, funded by a five-year, U.S. Department of Education AANAPISI cooperative grant (2020-2025). HCAP and ABI provide student programming that supports the diverse needs of AAPI students at the two CUNY institutions, while building community among BMCC and Hunter students, faculty and staff. To learn more about these grants, please read our Hunter College press release and BMCC press release.

To see the latest on ABI programs, events and opportunities, please visit our website: and instagram page: @abi.bmcc.hunter.

To connect with ABI staff, please email:

Hunter College Partners:

HCAP collaborates with key partners across Hunter’s Student Affairs and Academic units to ensure our work is connected to Hunter’s existing infrastructure of student support and student services. Our partners include: 

HCAP Advisory Committee:

Since 2018, HCAP has convened an advisory committee of dedicated Hunter College faculty, staff and other leaders working in AAPI communities to help provide direction and advice to HCAP as we develop and expand our programs. HCAP’s current advisory committee members are:

  • Aaron Montgomery, Associate Director of College Access and Success, South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)
  • Abdul Hashim, Director of Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office, Division of Student Affairs
  • Angela Reyes, Professor and Deputy Chair, English Department, Hunter College, Doctoral Faculty, Anthropology Program, The Graduate Center
  • Chong Chon-Smith, Associate Professor, English Department, Hunter College
  • Debbie Sonu, Associate Professor, Education Department, Hunter College, Doctoral Faculty, The Graduate Center
  • Janette Gomos-Klein, Faculty and Undergraduate Advisor, Biological Sciences, Hunter College, Lead Faculty Advisor/Director, Yalow Scholars Program, Hunter College
  • Joe Fantozzi, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment, Office of Admissions & Recruitment, Division of Student Affairs, Hunter College
  • Kemile Jackson, Pre-Health Program Director, Pre-Health Professions Advising Office, Hunter College
  • Khursheed Navder, Professor & Program Director, Nutrition Program & Campus Director, School of Urban Public Health
  • Margaret Chin, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and The Graduate Center
  • Mitchell Wu, Director of CPC Queens Community Services, Chinese Planning Council, Adjunct Faculty, Asian American Studies Program, Hunter College
  • Sonia Bhuta, Executive Director, South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)
  • Stephen Lassonde, Director of The Ruth & Harold Newman Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships, Hunter College
  • Vivian Louie, Director, Asian American Studies Program and Center, Hunter College

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