Vivian Louie is Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Director of the Asian American Studies Center and Program at Hunter College. Louie studies American identity, civic participation and civic education at the intersection of race, ethnicity, immigration, social class and gender. She also writes about the factors that shape educational and workplace success among immigrants and their children. Louie is the author of two books, Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education and Opportunity Among Chinese Americans, Keeping the Immigrant Bargain: The Costs and Rewards of Success in America, and co-editor of a third book, Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue along with 30+ academic publications. Dr. Louie frequently comments on why PK-12 schools and higher education should offer courses in the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to United States history, society, economy, and culture, and why this education is also needed in non educational settings. Hunter College has the largest undergraduate program in Asian American Studies within CUNY. Our courses, along with our AAS Center events, highlight the coalition building across racial and ethnic lines and among diverse AAPI groups to build the common good.