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Asian, Pacific Islander & Desi Americans (APIDA)

Folsom Lake College is honored to serve the Los Rios district as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). AANAPISI is one of eight federally designated Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) programs and was established by Congress in 2007 as part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. It was expanded in 2008 under the Higher Education Opportunity Act. AANAPISI is designed to improve retention and graduation rates amongst under-served Asian American Pacific Islander Desi American and other high-need students.

What is APIDA?

The APIDA program will assist Asian, Pacific Islander & Desi American students to transfer or achieve completion of their degree. The program offers opportunities to connect with four-year campuses while also striving to bring cultural engagement opportunities such as cultural belonging, empowerment, and understanding for our APIDA identified students.


To empower and foster the minds of our APIDA identified students.This program would serve and advocate for APIDA students’ needs from a place of true understanding. We will create a safe and dedicated resource hub to support and enrich the experience of students through open dialogue, networking and education.

APIDA Transfer Connect Services

  • Leadership conferences
  • Transfer ready and skill-building workshops
  • Dedicated academic support
  • Dedicated APIDA counselor
  • A safe space to reflect on your personal, family, and communal experiences
  • Cultural celebrations and workshops
  • Scholarship search/application support
  • University campus visits
  • University APIDA day

To join or inquire about the APIDA program, please contact us at, schedule an appointment, or come see us at the Welcome & Student Success Center.


James Le
Student Personnel Assistant
APIDA Program Lead

Theodore Ny
Student Personnel Assistant
Equity Center Lead


Monday through Wednesday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Main Folsom campus
The Equity Center
Aspen Hall, FL1-151b Welcome and Student Success Center