Our MissionImprove South Asian American students’ experiences through outreach, advocacy, & research


Research suggests many South Asian Americans feel disconnected from school, unsupported by teachers, and have less-than-ideal K-12 experiences. Many also have teachers who believe the “model minority myth.” We aim to improve South Asian American students’ experiences through research, outreach, advocacy, and collaboration with educators.

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This work matters, and is important. South Asian American students, like all other students, need socioemotional support, support in building executive functioning skills, and academic support. Like all students, these kids deserve the best education experience they can get.Dr. Punita Chhabra Rice

The Mission StatementWe improve student experiences.



Many South Asian Americans feel disconnected from school, unsupported by teachers, and have less-than-ideal K-12 experiences. Many also have teachers who believe the “model minority myth.” We aim to improve South Asian American students’ experiences through research, outreach, advocacy, and collaboration with educators. We lead the research effort to better understand South Asian American students’ experiences and needs. We are at the forefront in improving their experiences in K-12 and beyond. We aim to improve student experiences through research into students’ experiences and dissemination of that research, outreach efforts to spread awareness and build buy-in, and through partnerships with school systems and education organizations, in order to help improve teacher cultural proficiency.

 

A sampling ofWhat we’ve achieved.


  • Connector.

    Research

    We’ve conducted the first full scale survey of South Asian American K-12 experiences in context of teacher cultural competence, as well as exploratory research into teachers’ cultural competence.

  • Connector.

    Relationships

    Started building partnerships and relationships with South Asian organizations, whose missions align with ours. We’ve also developed relationships with schools and other education organizations.

  • Connector.

    Education

    We’ve developed resources to improve teacher cultural proficiency through our Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI), and partnered with schools to furher this mission.

  • Connector.

    Inspiration

    Developed and launched the “Be Inspired” project, through our Diversity & Representation Initiative, to share diverse profiles of South Asian Americans who embody unique versions of success.

  • Connector.

    Outreach & Advocacy

    Launched the Family Outreach Initiative (FOI) to provide families with advocacy and support resources.

The DataAt a glance.


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Felt others were more connected to school than them

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Felt their teachers believed in the model minority stereotype

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Felt teachers knew more about peers backgrounds than theirs

What we’re doingTo improve student experiences.

We strive towards our mission through our three key initiatives: the Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI), our Diversity & Outreach Initiative, and our Family Outreach Initiative (FOI), and our Research Initiative (coming soon). Under these key initiatives, we are currently conducting a variety of projects related to outreach, research, and advocacy — the common goal of all our projects is the same: Improve South Asian American Students’ Experiences.

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More aboutWhat We Do.


Research

We lead the research on South Asian American student experiences and needs.

Outreach

We build partnerships and relationships to collaborate and maximize outreach.

Advocacy

We advocate for South Asian American students, and develop resources.

Be InspiredWe believe role models who look like you matter. We believe their diverse stories of success matter. And we want to show them to you.