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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Learn About the Experiences of Asian/Pacific American Students at WGU


Every student is unique. We feel that your educational experience should be as individual as you are. We value our students' differences because we believe diversity brings strength, which is why we strive to be the world's most inclusive university. WGU strives to close the gap between skill and opportunity.

We work to recognize, promote, and amplify the voices of students around the country while also expanding opportunities for them. This mission motivates us to provide high-quality, equitable higher education to people from all walks of life. We work to achieve equity for all students by making college degrees more accessible.

Join us as we celebrate Asian/Pacific American (AAPI) Heritage Month, and recognize how students and employees are making a difference in their communities around the country.

Employee & Student Spotlights

AAPI Employee Spotlight: Mike Leilua

During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, WGU honors and celebrates the contributions that members of these communities have made to our society. This month, we highlight Mike Leilua, a dedicated Enrollment Counselor at the School of Technology.

AAPI Student Spotlight: Young Spencer

May marks the celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month: a time to recognize and honor the contributions of the AAPI community. This May, WGU celebrates the story of Young Spencer.

AAPI Employee Spotlight: Christine Nguyen

This Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, it’s important to reflect on the experiences and insights of those who are making a difference in our communities. One such person is a quality assurance manager for the School of Business at WGU, who has had an immeasurable impact on our institution for several years.

AAPI Employee Spotlight: Ellis Choi

A registered nurse, Ellis joined WGU in 2018 as a senior Program Mentor, where she helps nursing students stay motivated and on track to complete their degrees. It’s a job she describes as extremely rewarding—both personally and professionally.

AAPI Heritage Month: Niel Denuna

Our students at WGU remind us every day that diversity is one of our community’s greatest strengths. "We are greater than the sum of our parts when we work towards something bigger than ourselves,” said WGU Master of Science in Nursing–Education graduate Niel Denuna.

"The Pan-Asian Owls are here to support our Pan-Asian community. From Russia to Indonesia and Turkey to Japan, Asia represents over 40 groups. We all have different stories and culture to share. Our ERG is open to anyone who wants to learn and be part of the Pan-Asian Community at WGU. "

–Pan-Asian Owls Employee Resource Group

"The Pacific Islander Owls are committed to be a strategic partner with WGU to promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion through continual learning, provide an avenue for WGU employees to come together to expand knowledge, awareness, and opportunity for the Pacific Islander community within WGU, while maintaining a strong focus on the overall mission of WGU as a whole, advance the understanding and inclusion of employees with a common background, set of interests, and/or goals."

–Pacific Islander Owls Employee Resource Group

Advance Equity Speaker Series

Dispelling the Myth of Asians as a Model Minority

    Join us for a conversation with Lela Lee who is an actress, writer, and creator of the comic strip “Angry Little Asian Girl”. She will share her story, experiences, and dispel the myth of Asians as a model minority. Asian Americans blame the media, but who or what is really to blame for this myth? Lela will look at online criticism and activism in Asian America and whether the collective “face” of Asians in America is really ready to break the model minority myth.

Sharon's Story

May 2020 Virtual Commencement Speaker and WGU alumna, Sharon Test, earned her Master of Science in Management and Leadership from WGU while juggling a full time job, being a wife, and a mother of two. She is currently earning her MBA at WGU!

"Why did I pursue a degree? Career advancement. To be the first in my family to have a college degree. To prove to myself that I am capable of doing this on my own."
–Pui R., WGU Alumna

Scholarships Available for Affordable Education

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities.

Sage Scholarship

The Sage Scholarship is from our official spokesowl, Sage, for future WGU graduates. Apply by June 30th!

Master Your Future Scholarship

A prestigious award toward tuition in most of WGU’s Leavitt School of Health degree programs. Recipients will be selected for their demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.

Opportunity Grant

Moves and deployments greatly impact your ability to achieve a degree, but WGU can help you maintain your education on the go with our flexible, online education. Spouses of active duty military personnel, veterans, guard, and reservists are qualified to receive a Military Spouse Scholarship.

Visit the WGU Store

WGU Store: AAPI History Month

Celebrate AAPI History Month with WGU with our officially branded merchandise!

Featured Articles

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What WGU students look like: a study in diversity

Modern education is far from a one-size-fits-all learning experience, and Western Governors University tailors its educational experience to each student’s needs and objectives. As a pioneer of online education and the innovative competency-based education model, WGU attracts students from a broad array of backgrounds. 

Diversity and inclusion in tech

If you walk into Google, Apple, or Facebook headquarters you probably won’t be too surprised to see that the majority of the employees there are white men. The average percentage of women working in these kinds of organizations hovers at around 28 percent, while the average percentage of employees of color is sitting at about 48 percent.