Vishal Vaidya

Vishal Vaidya - Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy for Broadway World, Courtesy of Vishal Vaidya

Vishal Vaidya is an Indian American singer and actor living in New York City, who you might know from his recent role as Larry the Cameraman on Broadway’s Groundhog Day. ISAASE director Dr. Rice and Vishal have known one another for over 20 years (and performed a duet for their middle school talent show together, and acted in plays together …

Pronouncing Names Correctly – Education Weekly

EdWeek Name Pronunciation ISAASE

Last week, Education Week Teacher published a piece by our director, Dr. Punita Rice, on the importance of pronouncing names correctly. The piece speaks to the negative impact on students’ social-emotional well-being that can come from teachers’ failure (or lack of effort) to pronounce student names correctly. The post also points to the ISAASE Name Pronunciation Guide as one of …

How Teachers Can Help

How can teachers help support South Asian American students

How can teachers help support the efforts of ISAASE, and help improve South Asian American students’ experiences? In more ways than you think. Teachers and other education leaders are uniquely equipped to support ISAASE’s mission of Improving South Asian American Students’ Experiences in schools, since you work directly with them. In fact, you’re at the forefront of our mission. You …

Kevin Negandhi

Kevin Negandhi of ESPN for ISAASE's Be Inspired Project

Kevin Negandhi (who you probably know from ESPN’s SportsCenter), is an award-winning sports anchor, sports anchor for ESPN, a college football host for ABC, and a South Asian American who grew up in Pennsylvania. After spending years working as a sports director and reporter for a network in Florida, and winning two Associated Press awards, in 2006, Kevin joined ESPNews, …

Pavana Reddy

Pavana Reddy - poet, writer of Rangoli, for ISAASE Be Inspired

An interview with Shaun Jayachandran, the founder of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, which works towards changing the pathway of low-income marginalized students in India by engaging educators and schools to participate in a program designed to teach leadership, gender equity, and critical thinking

Lady Pista

Inspired by Lady Pista - Music

An interview with Shaun Jayachandran, the founder of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, which works towards changing the pathway of low-income marginalized students in India by engaging educators and schools to participate in a program designed to teach leadership, gender equity, and critical thinking

Raj Rawal

Raj Rawal chats with Dr. Punita Rice - on Diversity and Representation in Hollywood in the Post-Apu Age

Raj Rawal (aka @asaprajy) is the social producer for Ovation TV, an art house cable network (and you may have seen him in the “First Time I Saw Me” campaign, talking about Master of None). Since Raj spoke at length about the power of seeing himself reflected in Aziz Ansari’s Master of None for the “First Time I Saw Me” …

Natasha of Gundi Studios

An interview with Shaun Jayachandran, the founder of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, which works towards changing the pathway of low-income marginalized students in India by engaging educators and schools to participate in a program designed to teach leadership, gender equity, and critical thinking

Journalist Jashvina Shah

Jashvina Shah

Jashvina Shah is a journalist. After creating 600 stories (breaking news, game stories, features, multimedia content) and a successful subscription service to her stories on the Princeton Hockey Blog (“Eye on the Tigers”), she is now a an assistant editor for a company that produces fashion magazines where she supports production, reporting, writing features, and more. For ISAASE’s Be Inspired …

Downloads for Teachers

ISAASE's downloads for teachers

As part of our Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI), we are proud to offer downloads for teachers. At our page for teachers, you can find our collection of resources for teachers, including quick tips, book lists, a name pronunciation guide, and free downloadable fact sheets, lesson plans, and handouts. On the new page,¬†you’ll find a consolidated listing of our featured …