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13 Community Organizations Selected to Collaborate with Queens College's Asian American Outreach program

-- Details of Community-Faculty Research Projects Currently in Development Will Be Announced --


Launch of campus-community partnership between 13 local organizations and the Queens College Asian American Pacific Islander Community Studies (AAPICS) program.  In development are community research projects with QC faculty and internship opportunities for students, details of which will be announced at this event.  This program is administered by the QC Asian/American Center.  Nearly a quarter of QC students are first- or second-generation Asian Americans.



Madhulika Khandelwal, Director of the QC Asian/American Center and Professor of Urban Studies, and others will speak.


Invited representatives from the following local advocacy groups serving diverse Asian American communities in Queens and the greater New York area have been chosen to collaborate: 

1. Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice
2. Asian American Writers' Workshop
3. Chinese American Planning Council-Nan Shan Senior Center
4. Chhaya Community Development Corporation (CDC)
5. Damayan Migrant Workers' Association
6. Filipino American Human Services, Inc.
7. Korean American Family Service Center
8. Minkwon Center for Community Action
9. The New American Leadership Project
10. Organization of Chinese-Americans (OCA)-NY
11. Queens Museum of Art
12. South Asian Youth Action!
13. Starside Community Services



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The involvement of community-based advocacy groups is the most innovative aspect of the AAPICS program, which was established in November 2009 through a U.S. Department of Education $1.2 million grant awarded to the college’s Asian/American Center.  These groups are helping to develop the multicultural education program and offering advice on college courses, participating as guest lecturers and providing service-learning opportunities for students.  Faculty members from several disciplines serve as advisors, and the program is supplemented by a multimedia resource center on the Asian American Pacific Islander diaspora and culturally diverse communities of Queens. A minor in AAPICS is expected to be available to students in fall 2011.


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