On May 9th, youth, advocates, educators, and supporters gathered to celebrate ARISE’s impactful first year. “Elevating & Amplifying Student Voice,” showcased the power of our youth, who shared their stories with the audience, as well as planned and MCed the event. ARISE Youth Leader Renina Wynn created a video that showcased what the youth have been up to, which you can view at this link

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RWU School of Continuing Studies Dean Receives Award from Alliance of RI Southeast Asians for Education

"PROVIDENCE, R.I. ­­– Jamie E. Scurry, dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Roger Williams University, received the Success Value Award from the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education on May 9."

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Support Mealaktey!


"Hello everyone! My name is Mealaktey Sok, and I am a rising Junior at Classical High School, in Providence, Rhode Island. I am raising money for a pre-college STEM program at Northeastern University called Engineering Innovation and Design."


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May 9th: Elevating & Amplifying Student Voice


Please join us for ARISE's annual visibility event! This year's theme is "Elevating & Amplifying Student Voice." The event will take place on May 9th, 5pm-7pm, at the MET High School Media Center (325 Public Street)

You can find more details here, including how to purchase tickets

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ARISE in Providence Business News

From Providence Business News:


"Chanda Womack

Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians executive director

For over a decade, I have immersed myself in many different capacities in the nonprofit sector, and what I have learned is the need and belief that leadership and stewardship must be exercised at every level in highly effective and mission-driven organizations.


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2017 Impact Report

Check out our 2017 Impact Report which highlights our work with policy, programs, and partnerships! You can download the report by clicking on it below. 


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ARISE participates in SEARAC's "Moving Mountains Equity Summit"

Executive Director of ARISE, Chanda Womack, represented ARISE at SEARAC's first annual "Moving Mountains Equity Summit" in October.  Womack spoke at a plenary that convened key leaders of the successful individuals Asian American and Pacific Islander data disaggregation campaign in California, Rhode Island, and Washington. The speakers discussed the history of data disaggregation campaign in their state/region and shared specifically about their campaign, challenges, lessons learned, and the fight moving forward with summit participants.

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ARISE Presents at College Board's National Forum in NYC

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. 

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Rhode Island Makes History Again!

ARISE is so thrilled to announce the appointments of two of our supporters and trailblazers, Pu Vilai Or and Jonathon Mendelsohn.  Both have been appointed to serve as Principals in the Providence School District.  Pu Vilai Or is the first Southeast Asian to serve as a Principal in the Providence School District, and Johnathon Mendelson is the first Korean Principal.  We want to extend our congratulations to them!


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We did it! "All Students Count Act" Passes in Rhode Island

ARISE is extremely excited and the proud of the work that was put towards passing the "All Students Count Act" in Rhode Island. Aggregated academic achievement data of Asian Americans have overshadowed the real experiences of the many subgroups within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population.  There are 48 different subgroups within the AAPI that have different cultures, languages, histories and backgrounds.  The "All Students Count Act" requires the disaggregation of data in the schools to better understand the educational experiences of the many subgroups within the AAPI population.

Many were involved in pushing for this act to pass, and we are honored to have the support of RI legislators as we continue to advocate for educational success of Southeast Asians.  Also, Rhode Island is the THIRD state to pass this law.  We are making history!  Thank you to all for the continued support.

Read the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center's (SEARAC) press release on this news here.

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