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Poon, OiYan

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Higher Education, International Higher Education

Office #: Lewis Towers 1134, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6108

E-mail: opoon@luc.edu

CV Link: Poon CV


Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Poon's research interests include racial inequalities in college access, Asian Americans, and affirmative action.  A nationally recognized scholar on college access policies and Asian Americans in education, she has been cited in numerous media outlets and served as a keynote speaker at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) in 2013 and at the Jesuit Conference on Diversity and Equity in 2014.  In 2014, the American College Personnel Association recognized Dr. Poon with a prestigious Emerging Scholar award.

A second generation Asian American daughter of immigrants, Dr. Poon has always been passionate about combating inequalities in education through community empowerment for social justice. She has been involved in research, institutional development, community organizing and advocacy for racial equity in education for more than two decades.  Dr. Poon was a key advocate for the establishment of the federal Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) minority serving institution designation. Currently, she serves as an elected officer of the Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans (REAPA) Special Interest Group in AERA, a founding research fellow of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC), and a research advisory committee member of the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE).

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School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
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