In 2018, the Laney College Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) program worked with Laney College Dean of Enrollment Mildred Lewis, Ed.D. to create a multilingual Welcome Video to introduce students to Laney College to let students know they can call Laney College their home. Featuring over a dozen of diverse students representing the cultural richness of the campus and Oakland, making the video was a labor of love for the all-volunteer cast. Shot in just one day and edited over several weeks with students speaking Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and other languages, the welcome video has been shown at recruitment fairs, orientations and other community events. In fact, the video is the embedded in the Laney College homepage and is amongst the first impressions visitors have of Laney College.
In 2019, the video was entered into a national competition for college marketing videos and was awarded the Gold Medal in its category. APASS Director, Dr. David Lee, thanks Dean Lewis for her help and collaboration in making the video possible.
“I want to especially thank our APASS counselors Nancy Chieng, Amy Wang and Ashley Flores for helping develop the video concept. APASS student ambassador Manny Huang who served as our exceptional producer and coordinator. I also want to thank APASS Staff Assistant Huizhen Su for her outstanding leadership in making this project possible. Finally I want to recognize Mike Elias and his video team for their amazing work. Mike was fantastic to work with,” AANAPISI grant funding supported the creation of the video.