Federally Designated Race and Ethnic Categories

American Indian or Alaskan Native (Not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North or South America (including Central America) and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.

Asian (Not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand and Vietnam.

Black or African American (Not Hispanic or Latino): American, not of Hispanic Origin Persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. Includes persons who indicated their race as Afro-American, Black Puerto Rican, Jamaican, Nigerian, West Indian or Haitian.

Hispanic or Latino: Hispanics or Latinos are persons of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition. The federal government considers race and Hispanic origin to be two separate and distinct concepts.

Multiracial/Two or More Races (Not Hispanic or Latino): Multiracial Americans are those people who belong to two or more of the federally designated racial categories. Includes all other persons not included in the “Black, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, American Indian” race categories. Per state law, having parents of different races.

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (Not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. It includes people who indicate their race as “Native Hawaiian,” “Guamanian or Chamorro,” “Samoan,” and “Other Pacific Islander.”

White (Not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East.