ISAASE Be Inspired

The ISAASE Be Inspired Project

In Culture by Punita Rice

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.

About the Author

Punita Rice

Punita Rice is the founder of the resource-hub, and author of the research book "South Asian American Experiences in Schools: Brown Voices from the Classroom" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), the children's book series "The Adventures of Hunny & Sunny," and "Toddler Weaning." She holds a Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and is a former classroom teacher, academic adviser, and researcher. She lives in Maryland.