A partnership between Fort Collins High School, and Colorado State University’s El Centro Cultural Center and School of Education, the goal of the Caminos Program is to address specific academic needs among Latina/o and Indigenous students, and to provide access to and understanding of higher education opportunities while affirming cultural and racial identity, assets, and funds of knowledge.
The Caminos program incorporates service learning and aspirational career planning for high school graduation and college readiness. To achieve these objectives, the Caminos program fosters positive relationships with current CSU student mentors and creates valuable community connections with Latina/on and Indigenous professionals.
RISE faculty member and project P.I.: Dr. Antonette Aragon
Hack the Gates is a year-long collaboration between RISE and ACCEPT, an online association of college admissions professionals.
The project brings together practitioners and researchers to analyze solutions to the systemic barriers low-income students and students of color face in obtaining college access. By rethinking college access from evidence-based and practice perspectives, the project will explore potential equity solutions by facilitating urgent evidence-based dialogue about confronting inequalities in the system. The ultimate outcome is a research report and three policy briefs detailing tangible, systemic reform proposals for public consideration.
May 2020: The University of California (UC) system is currently debating whether to remove consideration of SAT scores in the undergraduate admissions process. There is an assumption that dropping the SAT requirement would increase college access, particularly for under-represented minority students.
This report looks back at the last time the UC system dropped a test score requirement and how it helped increase access to its campuses, especially for Southeast Asian Americans.
Authored by Douglas H. Lee, Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. OiYan Poon
Dec. 2019: Despite inclusion rhetoric in student affairs, anti-Blackness shapes the experiences of Black graduate and full-time professionals, who are both hypervisible and invisible in student affairs. Using four scenarios reflecting composite narratives, the author discusses how inclusion hides the pervasiveness of anti-Blackness in student affairs practice. Offering a new framework, the author discusses four ideologies of absence: (un)belonging, (un)safety, (in)validation, and (un)reward. These ideologies of absence are contrasted with four ideologies of Black presence.
Sept. 2018: Over the last few years, even as the U.S. Supreme Court was considering the constitutionality of race-conscious policies in postsecondary admissions in "Fisher v. University of Texas" (2016), a new wave of attacks in the conservative agenda to dismantle affirmative action (as the policy is more commonly called) emerged.
This report examines the current wave of attacks against race-conscious policies in postsecondary admissions (or affirmative action as the policy is more commonly termed). It focuses specifically on the roles that Asian Americans have come to play, both unwillingly and willingly, in these opposition efforts, and presents new research on Asian Americans' support for affirmative action.
Dr. OiYan Poon is one of the authors of the paper.
Aug. 2018: More than 500 scholars holding doctorates in a wide range of academic fields, including education, Asian American studies, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology and psychology, have submitted an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief in support of Harvard University, in a case currently being considered by the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.
Dr. OiYan Poon is one of the authors of the brief.
2015: National Indian Education Study 2015: A Closer Look is a new report that provides analysis on the diverse nature of American Indian & Alaska Native students by looking at their performance from National Assessment of Educational Progress 2015 Math and Reading.
In addition to the report, the members of the Technical Review Panel drafted a background document, "Setting the Context," which is available via
As the chair of the technical review panel for the National Indian Education Study, Dr. Susan C. Faircloth is one of the named authors on this report.
Video recording of Dr. OiYan Poon's TEDxCSU talk TEDxCSU |
"Tracing the historical evolution of Asian American political engagement in policy debates over racial inequalities, Dr. Poon identifies and describes the ideological division between notions of racial justice and 'just us.'"
Video recording of Dr. D-L Stewart's TEDxCSU talk TEDxCSU |
"What would my life and the world look like if Black Trans* Lives mattered? Race, gender, social class, and disability all intersect to shape Black Trans* lives. How would social institutions, such as education, law, healthcare, religion, and family be different?"