Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center


Cultivating a Culture of Care Initiative (CCCI) for Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) students was established in loving memory of an API student of the UW who died by suicide in 2015. During the inaugural year of 2019-2020, the CCCI team, the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) and the Health & Wellness Unit within the ECC are focused on outreach to UW API student organizations and communities to build a foundation for a community of intentional care on campus for years to come.

Fa’amanuia (Nia) Fa’alava’au, UW’s Cultivating a Culture of Care’s student intern and mental health advocate will share her stories of struggle, triumph and resilience and be present to listen to the unique needs and experiences of the API communities on campus in order to build meaningful and culturally relevant resources and programs needed.

Mental Health Minute

The University of Washington’s Cultivating a Culture of Care Initiative (CCCI) welcomes you! Our purpose with the launch this video series ‘CCCI’s Mental Health Minute’ is to outreach to others to build a community of care. We want to highlight our initiative as to promote mental health advocacy and awareness for our Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) students and communities of focus.

This first episode is intended to acknowledge the inception of the initiative and its history, mental health statistics regarding the AA & NHPI communities, and to highlight CCCI’s “I Care” campaign and pledge. Each episode to come will have a theme that connects to our efforts in breaking the culture of silence that often surrounds mental health within the AA&NHPI communities.

Bridging Across Generations

A Cultivating a Culture of Care Initiative (CCCI) student short film. Intergenerational miscommunication between students, siblings and parents creates stress and fractured relationships. This film highlights perspectives and experiences of a brother and sister’s struggle to fulfill their dreams and expectations of their parents. The goal of this short vignette is to encourage conversations between families and within ourselves in order to break the culture of silence and build healthier & happier relationships with one another.

UNITE WITH LOVE! Stop Asian Hate

With COVID-19 and the rise in violence against Asian Americans, this has been an emotionally challenging year for the Asian American community. We believe hate crimes will only contribute more to mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression. The hate must stop. In honor of Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month, our team worked on the “UNITE WITH LOVE! Stop Asian Hate” solidarity video project. We believe in solidarity with our BIPOC communities and allies also facing violence. We can only stop the hate and violence as a community united to show the Asian American community that we see you, we hear you, and we care to understand you.

Submit your story for No Longer Invisible

Submit your stories for “No Longer Invisible, In Their Own Words,” a project open to OMA&D/ECC students and UW Faculty/Staff with a focused target audience of Asian American & Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) communities.

No Longer Invisible Form

Featured No Longer Invisible Stories

No Longer Invisible: Asher Jay Arce

Asher Jay Arce

“I am the proud son of a Filipino immigrant mother, who worked diligently and selflessly to provide for her family. My identity as a Filipino-American immigrant and a First-Generation student reverberates to my struggles and experiences. I realized that becoming the first person in my family to graduate from college and getting a Master’s Degree is a significant accomplishment and it has boosted my self-confidence in unexpected ways.

Education is empowering and one of the most beautiful processes a person can go through. Sometimes, it can be difficult to believe that one belongs in academia, but other First-Generation students’ support has helped alleviate the internal pressure to succeed. It was the best way to construct my support group by reaching out to people who also identified as a First-Generation and asking them to connect with me to support one another.”

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No Longer Invisible: Christina Vuong

Christina Vuong portrait

“With my lived experiences being an Asian woman, my family puts pressure on me to be just as “successful” as the other people in my family, but they also like to remind that I can’t do much because I’m a woman. It can be difficult at times with all of the noise but I’m learning to focus on what I want, and not listening to what others have to say.”

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