The Asian American Student Center is very pleased to invite you, your colleagues, and students to attend a special lecture by Dr. Robert Teranishi on October 23, 2013 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Kiva of Farish Hall. The title of the lecture is “iCount: A Data Quality Movement for Asian American and Pacific Islanders. (See flyer above for details)
Our lecture’s motto – Every student counts! Making every student visible! – is adopted from the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. Dr. Teranishi will discuss the need to change current data collection practices that combine Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) subgroups, thus masking disparities of underserved communities. In regards to education attainment level, for example, 33.9% of Cambodians, 32.8% of Laotians, and 29.4% of Vietnamese in the U.S. report having less than a high school education, compared to 13.4% of Pakistanis, 9% of Asian Indians, 7.7% of Filipinos, and 5.2% of Japanese with the same level. Without such disaggregated data, educational institutions lack the critical, in-depth information needs to identify and effectively respond the needs of students confronted with educational challenges. As the fastest growing demographic in the country, it is imperative to address educational barriers confronting the AAPI community if we are to meet the President’s goal of graduating the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.