This past summer, American Ethnic Studies alum Nestor Enguerra Jr. became the project director for UW Tacoma's AAPI Thrive project. The U.S. Department of Education awarded UW Tacoma a $2 million grant to expand support and services for AAPI and low-income students. "I think we (Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans) were always on the margins of education", said Enguerra.
Part of Enguerra’s focus is on meeting the requirements of the grant. “My priority is making sure students that I work with have a good experience and are able to learn as much as they want to learn,” he said. Part of that learning is an understanding of self-worth. “I want to help students understand their significance and the significance of their culture, not just to themselves but to larger society.
Read more about Nestor Enguerra Jr. and his story through UW News & Information.
Learn more about the AAPI Thrive Project.