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Counting the Number of Asian Faculty at CUNY

These tables were compiled by Dr. Betty Lee Sung, who taught the first courses in Asian American studies at CUNY in 1970 in the City College Asian Studies Department. They indicate the racial demographics of faculty, with special attention to the number of Asian faculty, in the senior colleges, community colleges, and central office at CUNY in the Fall of 1992.

Dr. Betty Lee Sung laid the foundation for Asian American studies at CUNY and remained at the college until her retirement in 1992, which effectively ended the Asian American studies presence within the Asian Studies departmental curriculum at CCNY. In 2016, the Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI) at CUNY, which Sung also co-founded, together with the CUNY Asian American Leadership Initiative, an ad hoc initiative established to address the lack of Asian Pacific American (APA) representation in leadership roles at CUNY, published a report titled "Asian American Leadership in CUNY and Higher Education." Notably, the report found there were no APAs at the highest levels of leadership at CUNY and that APAs constituted only 12.8% of full-time faculty. Taken together with Sung's research from 1992, the report identifies a lack of diversity in leadership as a deeply structural issue at CUNY.

The Hunter College Asian American Studies Program (AASP) was established in 1993. As the only academic program in Asian American studies in the CUNY system, the AASP offers a minor in Asian American Studies and other resources and programming. The AASP supports scholars, artists, and activists advancing scholarship in the fields of Asian American studies and critical ethnic studies and serves as a resource for New York City's Asian American communities. In 2006, the program was at risk of being cut due to a lack of funding. Students formed the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) and saved the program within a year. CRAASH is now a student-run club that continues to advocate for the AASP.

Source | Hunter College Asian American Studies Program
Creator | Sung, Betty Lee
Date Created | 1992 (Circa)
Rights | Obtain From Sung, Betty Lee
Item Type | Text (Report / Paper / Proposal)
Cite This document | Sung, Betty Lee , “Counting the Number of Asian Faculty at CUNY,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed December 11, 2019,

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