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. CCCI started in 2019. Since then, the initiative has been 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.

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.