WAVES (Worthy of Achievement, Validation, Empowerment, and Success) for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders

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Shoreline Community College became an AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) in 2021 when it was awarded a federal grant from the Department of Education. From there, the WAVES program was born.

WAVES is a program for domestic Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) students at Shoreline Community College. Our focus is removing barriers for domestic AANHPI students who are furthest from educational justice.  

WAVES represents the ups and downs in the journey of being an AANHPI student in the college system while rooting ourselves in the belief that we are enough, and our ancestors have equipped us with the tools to rise in academic and career achievement.

WAVES is a support program that centers retention strategies needed for success throughout students' identity development and empowerment in community college. At the heart of the program, WAVES aims to increase academic support by stabilizing students in the community as it guides its students on a clear pathway to success.

WAVES provides an AANHPI affinity College 101 course that explores nontraditional college success strategies (identity development with an Ethnic Studies approach, trauma supports, and advocacy work). This College 101 course also has embedded new student orientation, peer tutoring, peer mentors, mental health support, and an opportunity to schedule an appointment with an advisor to complete an Education Plan.

Located in the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Student Center in Building 1300, Room 1305 students are welcome to visit, meet with staff, and hang out Monday-Thursday from 10am-5pm.

API Student Center Services & Benefits

The API Student Center is a one-stop location to get your Shoreline questions answered, as well as a space to meet, collaborate, and grow. Here are some of the services and benefits we provide:

  • Space and opportunity to build a support network among fellow AANHPI community on campus
  • Full-time AANHPI designated support staff available to support you and provide advising regarding academics, financial aid, and campus life
  • AANHPI designated Peer Mentors who provide campus life guidance
  • Informative and cultural quarterly workshops, socials, and events
  • Affinity AANHPI College 101 course
  • Trauma and mental health support
  • Admission and Financial Aid application assistance
  • Hands-on support in applying for AANHPI scholarships through APIA Scholars
  • Leadership volunteer opportunities to help students get an advantage in the career field
  • Navigation and referral to Shoreline and community resources
  • AANHPI cultural library with books to check out
  • Amenities bar with a fridge and microwave
  • A home base to hang out, use computers, eat, and meet with friends!

Advising & Support

The WAVES Support Staff can help you plan and shape your undergraduate experience at Shoreline.

  • The WAVES dedicated Academic Advisor, Tasha Nālei Jugas, can assist students with their academic goals including planning course schedules, assisting with career exploration, completing college applications, as well as personal issues.
  • The WAVES Support Staff can assist you in navigating campus life and can connect you to personal and academic resources as you pursue your studies.

Get Support

To book a 30-minute appointment with any WAVES Support Staff member, please schedule an appointment via Starfish.

For academic advising assistance, please schedule an appointment with Tasha Nālei Jugas, the WAVES Academic Advisor.

Wiki (or 'quick' in the Hawaiian language) Wednesday in-person drop-in advising sessions are a great opportunity to ask quick questions.

The WAVES Academic Advisor, Tasha Nālei Jugas, provides advising sessions every Wednesday from 10am – 12pm and 12:30pm – 2:30pm, on a first-come, first-serve basis at the API Student Center. Monday through Thursday, other WAVES staff are available during the Center's operating hours to assist students.

Our Partners

WAVES is proud to be working in community with...

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Tides program

City of Shoreline

Japanese American Citizens League

New Hope Counseling PLLC

Korean Community Center in Shoreline

Make Us Visible (WA Chapter)

Seattle Academy

Contact us

API Student Center

Building 1300, Room 1305
(206) 533-6661

Monday - Thursday
10am - 5pm
10am - 4:30pm

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