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A new $500,000 alumni gift to the Asian American Studies Program (AASP) in the College of Arts and Sciences will allow the program to increase the number of special events and speakers it brings to campus and provides support for an ongoing oral history project, which connects current students to alumni and tells the story of the history and activism that led to the establishment of Cornell’s AASP, the first such program in the Ivy League.

The gift has also helped faculty make plans to leverage more alumni support for a  new postdoctoral fellowship program.

“The endowment is a wonderful testament to the value of what we are teaching and the impact it’s having,” said Christine Bacareza Balance, associate professor of performing & media arts (A&S).

The new funding will allow for the expansion of public programs such as last fall’s “Asian Americans & Affirmative Action” event, which was planned by doctoral student Juhwan Seo in conjunction with AASP faculty and alumni.

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