Public Policy Scholar Honored by National Philanthropic Organization

Karthick Ramakrishnan recognized by AAPIP for compiling accessible data about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Karthick Ramakrishnan

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside, has been named one of 25 Leaders in Action by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP).

AAPIP is a national organization dedicated to increasing charitable investments for underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Core members include staff and trustees of foundations and other grant-making entities, staff and board members of nonprofit organizations, and individual donors in 10 regional chapters and emerging geographic hubs across the United States, according to the AAPIP website.

Ramakrishnan, who is associate dean of the UCR School of Public Policy, was recognized for his role in establishing, a Web resource that seeks to make data and reports more accessible to journalists and policy makers.

“Karthick Ramakrishnan is passionate about the power of action research and is working to ensure that quality data about AAPIs is accessible for all,” AAPIP said in making the announcement. “His research is focused on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. As a result, he is effectively shifting the public discourse on where AAPIs stand on critical issues such as affirmative action, income inequality, and affordable health care.”

AAPIP President Cora Mirikitani said the nominees “represent a diverse group spanning a wide range of oranizations, years of experience, roles, and sectors throughout the country. It has been an inspiring introduction to the AAPIP community to elarn about the work each honoree does to address issues from immigrant rights to LGBTQ matters, from education and affordable housing to racial equity. The 25 Leaders (in Action) also reflect the important work each of us can do to make a collective impact on philanthropic giving.”

Ramakrishnan will be honored at a reception in Los Angeles, date to be announced.

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