Dr. Rice’s outreach work is centered around improving South Asian American students’ experiences.

Dr. Rice’s primary work is tied to her area of research, centered around South Asian American students, and is done through her organization ISAASE (“Improving South Asian American Students’ Experiences). Her current projects center around improving the overall experiences of South Asian American students in K-12 settings.

Dr. Rice founded ISAASE as an organization that aims to improve South Asian American students’ experiences through outreach and advocacy. ISAASE’s current initiatives include the Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI), the Diversity & Representation Initiative (DRI), and the Family Outreach Initiative (FOI), which include a variety of projects, aimed at providing resources and services to students, families, teachers and other education leaders, and the community at large. Learn more below.



Primary Outreach Initiatives


Through the Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI), ISAASE proudly provides a variety of free resources for teachers, including quick tips, links, downloadable fact sheets, a name pronunciation guide, and book lists.


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, ISAASE seeks to elevate stories that highlight this diversity (including through the ISAASE “Be Inspired” Project).


Through the Family Outreach Initiative (FOI), ISAASE offers a variety of resources and services to families and students, to offer advocacy and support, including a forthcoming mentorship program.


Selected Outreach Projects


Through the Diversity & Representation Initiative (DRI), the ISAASE “Be Inspired” Project shares and highlights stories and interviews with diverse role models from South Asian American backgrounds, excelling in a variety of fields. Read the interviews here.
Through the Diversity & Representation Initiative (DRI), ISAASE proudly shares book lists for everyone through its #BrownBooksProject. View the book lists here, or read more about the project here.
As part of its Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI), ISAASE is proud to share free resources for teachers, including quick tips sheets, name pronunciation guides, and listings of free resources for educators.
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. This project is still under development.

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