Brown Books Project

About the #BrownBooksProject The #BrownBooksProject is an effort to increase diversity in book lists offered in schools, as part of a larger effort to maximize cultural proficiency and representation of diversity. A valuable first step in increasing cultural proficiency of teachers, and all members of society, is to expose them to diverse thought, experiences, ideas, and voices. ISAASE’s specific aim is …

Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative

Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI) from ISAASE

Our Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI) is aimed at improving teacher cultural competence related to South Asian American students, as part of an effort to help teachers on their cultural proficiency journeys. About the Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI) A key focus of ISAASE is its ongoing Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI). The National Education Organization defines cultural proficiency as having …

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 …

Family Outreach Initiative

Family Outreach Initiative - ISAASE

An ongoing focus of ISAASE is to support South Asian American students and their families in all things related to the K-12 experience through the Family Outreach Initiative (FOI). Through this initiative, we offer advocacy and support to families, and hope to soon offer mentorship to students, related to school policy, teacher support, and/or academic support. Selected Projects Below is …

Diversity & Representation Initiative

Diversity & Representation Initiative

ISAASE’s focus on improving South Asian American students is demonstrated in the ongoing Diversity & Representation Initiative, which seeks to help provide diverse stories and representations of South Asian American cultures, experiences, and voices. Through this initiative, we hope to elevate platforms that highlight this diversity. Why do Diversity & Representation Matter? “How impressionable and vulnerable we are in the …

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 …