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AANAPISI Program Analyst

Raiida Thompson

Raiida Thompson

AANAPISI Program Analyst

Phone: (408)855-5366
Email: [email protected]
Office Location: SEC-350
Office Hours: 9:00 - 5:00 
Department: AANAPISI | Equity and Student Success

Raiida’s journey in the field of education began as a teacher for grades Kindergarten-4th. She also taught High School English to at-promise young adults, as well as ELL to immigrant students at San Jose Job Corps. Raiida’s passion for education started at a young age when as a child she used to play school with her friends, and she would assume the role of the teacher!

Working at the college level was always her dream, and she was thrilled to begin her work at Mission College at the end of 2017 as the Transfer Alliance Coordinator for the HSI-STEMLink project. In this role, Raiida helps in establishing Mission College partnership with CSU East Bay through working closely with STEM Faculty, counselors and transfer experts from both sites.

She also works closely with STEM students in providing them with opportunities for mentorship and/or research & internships in the field. Raiida serves as the point of contact for the current AANAPISI grant that ends on September 30th, 2025. The goals of the current AANAPISI project are to increase the number and proportion of academically underprepared Asian-American, Pacific Islander (AAPI), and low-income students.


  • Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs Administration
    • Colorado State University
  • Master of Arts in Arab Studies with concentration on politics of the Arab world
    • Georgetown University
  • Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential
    • San Jose State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in French
    • San Jose State University 

Fast Facts 

Raiida enjoys trail running, biking, and hiking while listening to quality podcasts. She is fluent in Arabic.

Favorite Quote

"All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you. The only lasting truth is change." - Octavia E. Butler