Target Grant Aimed at Advancing Asian Pacific American Student Success
National retailer Target has awarded a $5,000 corporate grant to a new University of Arizona program focused on increasing retention and graduation rates of Asian American and Pacific Islander students.
The program â€“ Engagement, Diversity, Growth, and Excellence, or EDGE â€“ will build relationships with first-year students to help them transition socially and academically into the UA community.
"Our goal is that after these students complete the EDGE program, they will be informed and engaged citizens of the global world, which will hopefully give them an edge in whatever future path they may choose," says Marc Johnston, director of Asian Pacific American Student Affairs at the UA.
The EDGE program is open to all students, but priority will be given to those who have demonstrated the ability to overcome obstacles and challenges to achieve access to higher education.
Building upon a successful relationship with Target recruiters, Asian Pacific American Student Affairs secured the corporate grant with assistance from the UA Foundationâ€™s Grant Information, Facilitation, and Training, or GIFT, Center.
The GIFT Center offers numerous services that support private grant-seeking for campus units and their priority community, academic and research programs. The GIFT Center is designed to maximize the UAâ€™s development and faculty resources by providing a centralized place for charitable grant activities campuswide.
Asian Pacific American Student Affairs is dedicated to cooperatively developing and maintaining an inclusive environment that fosters a sense of belonging and an appreciation for the diversity not only among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, but also within the entire University community.