On Thursday, October 26, ARISE had the honor and privilege of presenting alongside other local and national community leaders at the College Board National Forum on the topic of debunking the Model Minority Myth. The room was energetic and engaged, and the panelists provided attendees with information that helped them to identify the aspects of the stereotype of the Model Minority Myth, learn more about the current national and local advocacy and policy infrastructure, and understand the emerging systemic and strategic comprehensive supports and interventions needed for Southeast Asian students. Panelists included Sarath Suong, Executive Director of Providence Youth Student Movement in Rhode Island, Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center in Washington, DC, and Chanda Womack, Executive Director of ARISE. The session was moderated by Ducha Hang, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Salve Regina University.
It was great to share stories of our SEA students with both post-secondary and higher education staff and administrators! We hope that our session not only provided a new perspective on the different lived experiences of individuals within the 50 different Asian American and Pacific Islander subgroups but that it also provided participants with a framework of how local and national organizations can come together to create policy change that meets the needs of our diverse student population.