The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy is pleased to announce the upcoming public forum co-sponsored by the NYU Multicultural Alumni Group and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU:   


Asians in the Ivory Tower:
America's Equity Agenda and the Blurring of the Color Line in Higher Education


Robert Teranishi
New York University

Kiran Ahuja
White House Administration

Walter Allen
University of California, Los Angeles

Pedro Noguera
New York University


Event Details:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 5:30pm
Kimmel Center - 914
60 Washington Square South
Reception following event

One of the most urgent challenges facing the United States in the 21st century is increasing the proportion of Americans with a postsecondary credential to meet the growing needs and changing demands of a global economy. This can only be achieved through the participation of all Americans, including underrepresented racial minority groups, low-income students, immigrants, and language minorities. It is within this context that this panel highlights the relevance of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student population - a large and growing segment in higher education that is often overlooked, underserved, and fundamentally misunderstood.

Join us in a discussion on how and why AAPIs are relevant in the broader discourse on equity and diversity in higher education. In particular, the panel will discuss recent research on AAPI college students, connect these findings to a deeper understanding of race and race relations in American higher education, and discuss the implications of this work to research, practice, and policy.

Robert Teranishi
is Associate Professor of Higher Education at New York University, Co-Director of the Institute for Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings, and a faculty affiliate with the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. His recent book, Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education (2010) examines the relevance of the AAPI population in higher education.

Kiran Ahuja is Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The initiative aims to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through increased access to, and participation in, federal programs in which they are underserved.

Walter Allen is the Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education at the University of California Los Angeles and Director of Choices Project: Access, Equity, and Diversity in Higher Education. Dr. Allen's research and teaching focus on comparative race, ethnicity and inequality, diversity in higher education, social inequality, and family studies.

Pedro Noguera
is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings. Dr. Noguera is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment.