Pono Program

Pono Program

Green River College's Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) student support program.

Green River College became an AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) in 2023 when it was awarded a federal grant from the Department of Education. From there, the Pono program was born. 

Pono is a program for domestic Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) students at Green River College. Our focus is removing barriers for domestic AANHPI students who are furthest from educational justice.   

Pono is a support program that centers retention strategies needed for success throughout students' identity development and empowerment in community college. At the heart of the program, Pono aims to increase academic support by stabilizing students in the community as it guides its students on a clear pathway to success. 

Pono provides:

  • Cultural Activities/Workshops 
  • College Coaching/Mentoring 
  • Embedded Tutoring 
  • Employment (plus our Summer Leadership Camp) 
  • One-on-One Scholarship Navigation 
  • Access to our Book Loan Program 
  • Mental Health Support  
  • AANHPI Community Referrals/Resources  
  • Asian Pacific Islander courses in English, Film, American Ethnic Studies (AMES), and more!  

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is home to Pono. Located in the Student Union in SU240, students are welcome to visit, meet with support staff, use our book loan program, and obtain culturally relevant support resources. 

Ready to join our program?

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Meet the Pono Support Staff

Dr. Joan King

Dr. Joan King

Pono Project Director


Leilani Salu

Leilani Salu

Leilani Salu

Pono Support Staff & ODEI Assistant Director


Kiran Kaur

Kiran Kaur

Pono Support Staff & ODEI Program Coordinator


Marwa Almusawi

Marwa Almusawi

Marwa Almusawi

Pono Support Staff & ODEI Director


Dani Crivello-Chang

Dani Crivello-Chang

Pono Support Staff & Dean of Campus Life



  1. Immigrant & Refugee
  2. LGBTQIA+ Demographic FAQs
  3. Creating LGBTQIA+ Friendly Communities in Healthcare & Education
  4. LGBTQ Resources
  5. Undocumented Students

Contact Us

Phone: 253-333-4973, ext. 4973
Email: diversity@greenriver.edu

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ODEI Services & Programs
Pono Program

Hours of Operation

Spring Quarter Hours

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday

Book Loan Hours*

Monday - Thursday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Friday - Sunday

*For pickup, requests and inquiries about Book Loan Program


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Mel Lindbloom Student Union
Second Floor, Campus Life Office SU-240

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