Frames, Foils, and Fierce Urgencies: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Education and Justice

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Nov. 14, 6:15-7:45 pm, Recreation and Wellness Center, Beacon Room

Join the Asian Pacific American Resource Center for an evening of powerful learning! Please RSVP at

The Model Minority Myth is a pervasive notion that invisibilizes the struggles within the Asian American community and it also serves to divide communities of color. Dr. Kumashiro will deconstruct this mechanism of oppression and discuss the importance of solidarity and coalition building for Asian Americans in higher education to engage in anti-oppression work. In addition, he will discuss the positioning of Asian Americans in current national issues such as the racial profiling of Muslims and the affirmative action case at Harvard University.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kevin Kumashiro is an internationally recognized expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice, with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments and awards as a scholar, educator, leader, and advocate. Dr. Kumashiro is the former Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco (2013-2017). He previously served as Chair of Educational Policy Studies, interim Co-Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, and Director of the AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has taught in schools and colleges across the United States and abroad, and has consulted for school districts, organizations, and state and federal agencies. He founded and directed the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education from 2002-2013. In addition, he is an award-winning author of critical texts, including Troubling EducationAgainst Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice, and Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture.


Location: Recreation Center, Beacon Room (2nd Floor)

Time: Doors Open at 6pm, Event starts at 6:15pm


Thank you to our Co-Sponsors! 

-UMN Department of Curriculum and Instruction
-UMN Asian American Studies


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