Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education to Co-Host National Discussion on AAPIs Higher Education

IGE Co-Director Robert T. Teranishi is principal investigator of CARE, the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education.

The Institute for Immigration, Globalization & Education at UCLA Ed & IS will co-host the 2015 iCount Symposium with the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington D.C., Sept. 14-15. The two-day conference, which will take place at the U.S. Department of Education and the White House, aims to encourage collaboration across regions and spotlight the measurable impact of the iCount initiative, a national effort to address disparities in educational experiences and outcomes for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student populations. UCLA Professor of Education Robert T. Teranishi, is the principal investigator for iCount.

The symposium will focus on iCount’s successes and benchmarks since the effort began in 2013; provide opportunity for cross-regional discussions focused on local efforts; and create a forward-looking plan for both regional and national efforts. The Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA Ed & IS is co- hosting the iCount Symposium in partnership with CARE.

“This project is focused on how our system of education can better understand and be more responsive to 21st Century students,” says Professor Teranishi. “This is the dilemma facing our nation as our demography becomes increasingly diverse and the academic experiences more varied. Thus, this effort is relevant for AAPI students, as well as other student populations that are increasingly heterogeneous in their composition and needs.”

Professor Robert T. Teranishi co-directs the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA.
Professor Robert T. Teranishi is co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA.

“iCount – A Data Quality Movement for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs),” is an initiative that aims to bring attention to the need for data disaggregation to better support the unique academic needs of a diverse AAPI student population in American higher education. Despite their rapid population growth, AAPIs are among the most understudied racial or ethnic minority group in the U.S., which perpetuates the model-minority myth—the notion that virtually all AAPIs are self-sufficient, well-educated, and upwardly mobile. Such generalizations mask the diversity within the AAPI community and the real differences that exist in various areas including educational attainment. Thus, iCount seeks to improve the ways in which institutions collect AAPI student data.

In 2013, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander in Education (CARE) hosted the first iCount symposium. This event raised awareness about the need to bring greater attention and support to data disaggregation in education.

Featured speakers at the iCount symposium will include John King, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Lenora Green, senior director, Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy, Educational Testing Services; Kiran Ahuja, executive director of WHIAAPI; and Professor Teranishi, principal investigator of The National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE). A member of Congress, to be announced, is also scheduled to speak at the meeting.

This spring, Professor Teranishi was selected by President Obama, and will serve as one of 15 voting members of the Board, to the National Board for Education Sciences, the governing body of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Teranishi and his fellow board members work closely with the Director of IES, each of the four Commissioners of the National Education Centers, the Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Director of the Census, the Commissioner of Labor Statistics, and the Director of the National Science Foundation.

 

Above: Robert T. Teranishi, UCLA professor of education and co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education, is principal investigator of the iCount study.