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

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 …

Shaun Jayachandran

You want to be a trailblazer, but you also think I want to know that there are others like me. — Shaun Jayachandran

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

The Myth of the Model Minority

The Impact of the Model Minority Myth - ISAASE.org

In spite of the fact that Asian Americans have diverse levels of education attainment, financial success, and fill varying socioeconomic brackets in the United States, they are often treated as a homogenous monolith that fits the stereotype of a “model minority.” The model minority minority stereotype (also called the model minority myth) is a perception of Asian students as perfect: …

Name Pronunciation Guide

ISAASE - Name Pronunuciation Guide - Pronouncing Names Correctly is a big deal. South Asian Names

Pronouncing names correctly is a big deal. [It] always started with my name. The majority of my teachers made no effort to learn to pronounce it until they called roll for the first time. Inevitably they would publically butcher it. My first experience in virtually every classroom was some classmates snickering about my name. – Fazia Rizvi, actress Note: An …

Student Mentorship Program

Coming Soon ISAASE is developing the Student Mentorship Program to help connect South Asian American students with South Asian American adults who have been there. Since many South Asian American students report low levels of connectedness to school, or even socioemotional or academic challenges, Mentor volunteers can provide guidance and support. If you are interested in participating in this program …

Our Story

Dr. Punita Chhabra Rice was conducting research at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, and she stumbled onto the issue of low teacher cultural proficiency related to South Asian American students. Since Dr. Rice’s background is the classroom, she was not too surprised by this; she knew that teachers believed something called the model minority myth. While she knew, from …

Fast Facts for Teachers

Fast Facts

Below is a collection of basic facts and important things to know about South Asian American students. This is geared towards teachers and other education leaders, but can be shared with anyone. Who are South Asian American students? South Asian Americans include very diverse individuals, united by their identification as both American, and South Asian. They are diverse, and each …