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Professor's Project Receives $1.75 Million US Education Grant

Josephine Lee co-lead on plan to increase opportunities and services for Asian American students
September 20, 2016
Professor of English Josephine Lee and Bic Ngo, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development, have received a five-year grant from the US Department of Education to increase services for Asian American students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) campus. The $1.75 million grant is aimed at providing assistance to Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions to enable such institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals. Both Lee and Ngo are Asian American Studies faculty.
 
The implementation of the grant at UMTC will be called the “Asian American College Excellence (AACE) Project.” Ngo and Lee's plans for the AACE Project include a resource center (with computer lab and tutoring space), a teaching and learning library, an increased number of Asian American Studies classes, a speaker series, a youth summit, a teaching pathways program, and a tutoring and mentoring program. The first year of the grant will focus on establishing the resource center to house project activities as well as a dedicated space for students to study and build community.

We are thrilled for Professors Ngo and Lee and are eager to learn from the initiatives that they develop.