Ekkarath “Ekk” Sisavatdy is the new director of the AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) program at Highline College. It is a new position at the college, resulting from a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase enrollment of and provide extra support for AAPI students.
Prior to his appointment, Sisavatdy served as a program manager in Highline’s Advising department. Sisavatdy was one of the co-founders of the Southeast Asian Education Coalition, based in south King County. He also served as a Leadership in Action intern with Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, where he worked in the Asian and Pacific Islander community in Southern California, and was selected to attend a weeklong Leadership and Advocacy Training program conducted by the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center in the District of Columbia.
Highline College is one of only ten higher education institutions nationwide to receive AANAPISI grant and the only one in the state of Washington. (end)