Mission, Vision & Values
We mobilize policy, programs, and partnerships to prepare, promote and empower Rhode Island’s Southeast Asian students for educational and career success.
Southeast Asians (SEA)—specifically Cambodians, Hmong, Laotians and Vietnamese—are among the most economically disadvantaged people in the United States and struggle from long-term poverty, language and literacy issues, and post-traumatic stress disorders associated with their forced migration to the United States. SEA students also experience poverty, cultural tensions, and language barriers which hinder their educational and academic success; these educational experiences are often overshadowed by the aggregation of educational attainment data. To learn more about ARISE's "Three Reasons for Action," explore our Fact Sheet.
We envision a Southeast Asian community that is healthy, thriving, and able to reach its full potential by being engaged and socially responsible members of their communities.
We believe all people should have equal access to opportunities in education, regardless of their ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental disabilities, and background.
We believe that educational practices, policies, and programs should help to eliminate the inequality that occurs when biased or unfair policies, programs, or practices contribute to a lack of equity in educational performance and results.
We believe that every student can realize and reach success and their full potential, gaining skills and core competencies that are important in their holistic development as revolutionary thinkers and doers.