The ISAASE Be Inspired Project

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

Are you familiar with my outreach and advocacy organization ISAASE (pronounced “iss-ah-say”)? We recently launched the ISAASE Be Inspired project. The point of the project is to collect and share profiles on diverse South Asian role models and their diverse stories of success. The goal is to inspire the next generation of young South Asian American students. Here’s a bit more, from the main page for the project:

“We believe role models who look like you matter. We believe diverse stories of success matter. And we want to show them to you. #ISAASEinspired is an effort to collect and share profiles and vignettes of South Asian American success stories, including those that break the mold, in order to inspire the next generation.”

The first interview will be releasing in a couple of weeks, and it’s with the director of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy India, Shaun Jayachandran. In the coming months, we’ll also be interviewing and featuring profiles of artists, writers, musicians, poets, business owners, and other leaders.

If you’d like to recommend someone to be featured in the ISAASE Be Inspired project — or, to get involved with ISAASE and volunteer to actually conduct some interviews or develop profiles, you can contact us here, or just tweet to @ISAASEtweets! (We’re also on Instagram at @southasianamericanstudents). Also, if you’re interested, the ISAASE Be Inspired project is part of ISAASE’s Diversity & Representation Initiative, which you can learn more about here.

P.S. – Here’s an old post about how teachers should teach about the 2016 election, if you’re interested.

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Dr. Punita Rice

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Dr. Punita Rice is a wife and mama, an education researcher, a writer, the founder and director of ISAASE, and an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Doctor of Education program. Her work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here. Punita also writes about life, culture, education, and motherhood here on her blog. She works from home in Maryland, and drinks a great deal of coffee.