Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution

AANAPISI graduates

AANAPISI Program's Mission

To provide a holistic student support program with a special focus on Asian and Pacific Islander (API) students and development opportunities for the Seattle Central College community. While our services are tailored for the API community, we welcome and serve all students at Seattle Central College.

Our Services

  • Career resources for internships, jobs, volunteering and leadership skills
  • Financial aid and scholarship help
  • Academic and transfer planning
  • Events and workshops throughout the year
  • Tutoring in biology, chemistry, English, ESL and math
  • Connections to Asian and Pacific Islander communities and resources in Seattle
  • Personal counseling for social and emotional topics
  • Peer mentoring
  • Access to our Center to hang out and study
  • Online news and resources hub on Canvas

How Do I Join?

If you are interested in joining the AANAPISI Program, please sign up and we will connect with you shortly: www.bit.ly/sccaanapisi

The form takes less than five minutes to complete.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please reach out to us: 

Jeff Bermudes

Role: AANAPISI Director

About: Jeff is a 1.5 generation Chamorro and Filipino who immigrated to the United States at the age of eight from Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and grew up in San Diego, CA. 

Hobbies: Video games with friends, going on walks with his dog

Education: BA Psychology, minor Asian American Studies - University of California, Santa Barbara; MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership - San Diego State University

Contact: jeffrey.bermudes@seattlecolleges.edu

Role: AANAPISI Student Specialist

About: Christine is proud to identify as a Chinese and Southeast Asian. She loves how tight-knit and progressive the Asian and Pacific Islander communities are in Seattle. She is excited to help students navigate their journey of finding joy and belonging in their ethnic and social justice identities.

Hobbies: Green milk tea boba, egg pudding topping

Education: BA Communications, minor in Ethnic Studies; MS School Counseling

Contact: christine.ma@seattlecolleges.edu

Dr. Kayleen Oka

Role: Faculty in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

About: Dr. Oka is a third-generation Japanese American/Canadian and a proud first-generation college graduate whose parents were both incarcerated in the WWII internment camps. Dr. Oka's passions include promoting access to prison education and developing culturally responsive teaching for inclusive learning.

Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, wine tasting and pottery

Education: BA English/Communications; MA Intercultural Management; PhD Sociology and Equity Studies - University of Toronto

Contact: kayleen.oka@seattlecolleges.edu

Role: Adjunct ESL faculty in Basic & Transitional Studies

About: Her role as an educator is to support students inside and outside the classroom as they develop the necessary language skills to reach their personal and professional goals. She is inspired by her lived experience as a first-generation Vietnamese refugee to teach and to lead for equity and social justice.

Hobbies: Playing with her nephews, hiking and playing tennis

Education: MA-TESOL - Seattle Pacific University; PhD Education - University of Washington

Contact: tram.dang@seattlecolleges.edu

Role: Faculty in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

About: As a third generation Chinese American "Paper Granddaughter" (with grandparents who entered as Paper a Son/Daughter during the Chinese Exclusion Era), I identify strongly with the Asian American Movement and the birth of Ethnic Studies, both of which inspire me to organize as part of ongoing social justice movements.

Education: BA Third World Women's Literature - University of California Berkeley; MEd Multicultural Studies - University of Washington

Contact: tracy.lai@seattlecolleges.edu