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Diversity Recognition

University achieves AANAPISI designation

Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen

UTA—the most diverse university in the UT System and the third-most diverse in the nation—is now officially an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).

The designation, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes UTA’s large population of Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander students. To receive AANAPISI designation, a university must have an undergraduate enrollment of at least 10% Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander; UTA’s enrollment of that demographic was 14.32% in fall 2021.

“With UTA’s designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and AANAPISI, we demonstrate the diverse composition of our student body,” says Jennifer Sutton, director of TRIO SSS and Title V: I.D.E.A.S Project.

The AANAPISI program provides discretionary grants to eligible institutions to enable them to improve their academic quality, increase self-sufficiency, and strengthen their capacity to make substantial contributions to the higher education resources of the nation.

“UTA’s diversity is one of the reasons I chose to attend here, knowing that there were equal opportunities for me to succeed,” says Vy Nguyen, a visual communication design senior. “AANAPISI is a well-deserved recognition, and I am proud to be a part of the Maverick family.”

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