March 20 PTA Meeting in Queens: Affirmative Action and Asian American Students

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Programming Chair Ayelet Sela adds: "I want to thank everyone who attended the meeting for contributing to the vibrant conversation on this important issue. You might want to look at the wealth of material about the Fisher case on SCOTUSblog – a site about the Supreme Court of the United States. The site comprehensively covers the Fisher case and maintains an archive of the briefing, amicus, opinion pieces and other documents.http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/fisher-v-university-of-texas-at-austin/""


Please join us on Wednesday, March 20, 7-9 pm, for our annual PTA Meeting at the Nan Shan Senior Center in Flushing, Queens. The program topic is "Affirmative Action and Admissions for Asian American Students: Myths & Realities," addressing some of thechallenges that Asian American students face in college and the application process, with a focus on the ongoing debates concerning affirmative action and on the skills necessary for students in today's 

classroom and workplace. This will be a fascinating and informative discussion for all, with unexpected perspectives. Our speakers (pictured) will be Jennifer Hayashida, Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, and Thomas Mariadason, Staff Attorney, Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF). This program is particularly timely as a decision is expected soon in a case currently before the United States Supreme Court concerning the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin. (Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, alumna of Hunter, recused herself due to her prior work on the case.) Read on for speaker bios, transportation details (including free bus service) and directions. Refreshments will be provided at the meeting. Please send your questions for the presenters to Ayelet Sela at programming@hunterpta.org.We look forward to seeing you in Queens!

 

Jennifer Hayashida is Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, The City University of New York. The Asian American Studies Program provides a curriculum on the history and contemporary experiences of Asian immigrants to the United States, with an emphasis on New York City's Asian American communities. The program offers a 12-credit minor and works with students from all major areas of study, including but not limited to: English, Political Science, Nursing, Pre-Law, Urban Studies, Economics, and Education. A minor in Asian American Studies helps prepare students for successful careers in areas such as the law, education, government, public health, urban planning, and nursing, as well as graduate study and research in the social sciences and humanities. Her areas of interest include Asian American Studies program-building and Asian American community advocacy.

Thomas Mariadason [Maria-dah-sun] is a staff attorney in the Educational Equity Program at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund  (AALDEF).  His work focuses on remedying unique disparities in education that affect Asian youth.  This includes improving language access and programs for Asian immigrants with limited English proficiency, supporting community-based movements to end bias harassment in schools, and, more recently, equipping students from targeted communities to resist suppressive surveillance and police tactics.  As with AALDEF’s other projects, Thomas’ work employs a combination of community lawyering strategies—from policy advocacy and legal representation to know-your-rights work and organizing. AALDEF submitted a "friend of the court" (amicus) brief for the case currently before the Supreme Court concerning the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin.

The Nan Shan Senior Center, at 136-18, 39th Avenue, 6th Floor, Flushing, NY 11354 is located near the municipal parking lot, and can be reached via the free bus service provided by the PTA and mass transit.

The free round trip bus leaves Hunter at 6 pm and returns to Hunter after the meeting ends at 9 pm.  Parents and students who are planning to take the bus must RSVP to Yun Zhong Shu at bus@hunterpta.org; space is limited so first come, first served.  Please let him know if you plan to ride in just one direction (HCHS to Queens) or need a round trip. Further transportation information is below. 

From: HCHS (Park Ave and 94th Street) --- 6:00 pm sharp departure

To: Nan Shan Senior Center in Flushing, NY

From: Nan Shan Senior Center --- 9:00 pm departure after meeting

To: Manhattan 12 locations:

1st Stop: Park Ave/125th St

2nd Stop: Park Ave/94th St

3rd Stop: Park Ave/72nd St

4th Stop: 2nd Ave/42nd St

5th Stop: Bowery/Delancey St

6th Stop: Pearl Street/Fulton St

7th Stop: Hudson Street/Chambers St

8th Stop: 10th Ave14th St

9th Street: 10th Ave34th St

10th Stop: 10th Ave/57th St

11th Stop: Amsterdam Ave/96th St

12th Stop: Lenox Ave/145th St

Via Mass Transit:

Subway: Take #7 (express when available) subway to its end station at Main St. station and exit at the intersection of the Roosevelt Ave. and Main St., Flushing. Get out from any exit of the intersection, find Main St. Follow Main St. northward toward the Queens Crossing Mall for one block. You will find 39th Ave. intersect with Main St. Turn right onto 39th Ave. and walk eastward about 1/2 block. You will see the 139-18 building's lobby and go to 6th Fl.

Buses from Queens: Take the Q12, Q13,Q14, Q15, Q16, Q17, Q20, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44, Q48, Q58 or Q65 to the Main Street Stop and then follow the Subway directions.

Driving Directions:

Municipal parking lot is across the street from the Senior Center. Bring quarters for the Muni meter.

From Hunter:

Take RFK/Triboro Bridge to Grand Central Parkway.
Get off at Exit 9E (I678/Rte 25A East /Northern Boulevard). Exit onto Northern Boulevard,
At the third light, make a right turn at Union Street,
At the seventh light, make a right turn at Sanford Ave,
At the second light, make a right turn at Main Street,
At the sixth light, make a right turn at 39th Ave,
Senior Center is half way down the block on your right, across the street from the municipal parking lot

Driving from points West or South:

You can also take the LIE East to Main Street Exit. Make a left turn onto Main Street (traveling north) for a couple of miles and make a right turn onto 39th Ave.Senior Center is half way down the block on your right, across the street from the municipal parking lot.

Driving from points North and the Bronx:

Take the Whitestone Bridge (right lane) to the Whitestone Expressway;
take the Linden Place exit; go straight and turn left to College Point Boulevard.
At the third light, make a left turn and drive along the Northern Blvd underpass.
At the third light, make a right turn at Union Street,
At the seventh light, make a right turn at Sanford Ave,
At the second light, make a right turn at Main Street,
At the sixth light, make a right turn at 39th Ave,
Senior Center is half way down the block on your right, across the street from the municipal parking lot.