Asian American & Pacific Islander (AA & PI) Thriving Initiatives

DEI programs are tools for student development, not political fodder

June 8, 2023
States across the country are seeking to eliminate public education funding for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs and research in campaigns led by politicians who openly devalue and criticize DEI work as part of a “woke” agenda .

About & Background

Our journey towards becoming an AA & PI Thriving institution involves critical investments, including the creation of the Director of Engagement for AA & PI Thriving Strategies role in Spring 2022.

Guided by essential queries, we’re actively sculpting a thriving campus ecosystem for our AA & PI community.

Guiding questions for becoming an AA & PI Thriving institution include:

What are the historical legacies we have inherited that shape the institutional experiences of AA & PI communities at UC...

Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani

Director of Engagement, Asian American and Pacific Islander Thriving Initiatives

Dr. Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani (she/her) is a lecturer in the Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program of the Department of Ethnic Studies. Upon graduating from the Asian American Studies and East Asian Studies Programs at UC Berkeley, Dr. Tsuchitani continued her interests in critical pedagogy and educational equity in the Social and Cultural Studies Program of the School of Education on campus. Her academic service has included work with the UC Office of the President, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, and the Student Learning Center. She also serves as founder and...


The AANAPISI designation gives UC Berkeley the opportunity to expand the support, resources, and services we offer to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AA & PI) people and communities across our campus by creating institutional infrastructures and inclusive cultures.

In March 2023, UC Berkeley filed an Institutional Exemption Application for Title III/Title V programs with the Department of Education. Title III/Title V programs include the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Program...