Asian American Studies Chair Focuses on Wide-Spread Program Awareness

Asian American Studies Chair Focuses on Wide-Spread Program Awareness

The Sidwell Friends School endowment provides critical funding to support faculty compensation and professional development, student financial aid, and special programs.  There are more than 150 named endowed funds, including two funded as part of this Campaign that enabled the creation of endowed faculty chairs: one in Spanish and Latin American Studies and one in African and African American Studies. A third endowed chair in Asian American Studies is also a priority initiative as part of this historic fundraiser.

“The creation of the Asian American Studies Chair is not only an acknowledgment of Asian American contributions to American history, but also a step toward integrating our story into our children’s education”, says Carol Chow P’24, current parent and volunteer helping to lead a community-wide fundraising effort to fund this position.

The fundraising for the Asian American Studies Endowed Chair continues to build momentum and engage families across the Sidwell community. “As parents, we are  thankful that Sidwell’s new Asian American Studies Chair will shine a welcome light on the individuals, families, and communities that have helped shaped and strengthened our nation,” says Zhensen Huang P’26 & P’28, a committed parent and early supporter of this endowed chair position. The fundraising strategy for this position includes personal meetings as well as broad outreach to include donors at all levels in this work.

The Parents of Asian Students (PAS) committee and many other dedicated volunteers are forging ahead to ensure the success and funding for this important endowed chair position. “We are thrilled to have raised $571,208 from 32 early supporters towards our goal of $1.2 million. The time is now to unite and ensure that our children can see the world from new perspectives and inspire a broader cultural awareness,” says Chow.

To participate and help fund this important School and Campaign initiative, contact Isabel Troncoso (

More Alumni News

2024 Commencement Speaker: Kelsey Wirth ’87

Kelsey Wirth ’87 will be this year’s Commencement speaker. A remarkable and successful entrepreneur who helped to improve the lives of tens of millions, Kelsey later turned her attention and boundless energy to create a grassroots movement to address climate change.

Planning the Best City

When it comes to economic development, Bo Kemp ’87 understands the value of efficacy.

Be a Signal in the Noise

Conversation With Friends welcomes Meredith Fineman ’05 to discuss her book, Brag Better.