Keynote Speaker Probes Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education

Posted: April 10, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Robert Underwood sets the tone of George Mason’s celebration of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage month with his keynote speech today at 4:30 p.m. in the SUB I Atrium. Underwood, a former member of Congress and professor emeritus and a distinguished educator from the University of Guam, will address the issues of higher education opportunities and responsiveness of the higher education community to APA issues in his presentation, “Asian Pacific American Diversity and Unity in Politics and Education.”

Underwood served five terms as Guam’s congressional delegate and was a senior member of both the Armed Services and Resources Committees. He has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum writer, school administrator, and dean of the college of education and vice president of the University of Guam.

Underwood has been a champion for the island of Guam. As an educator and social activist, he spearheaded initiatives to preserve and promote Guam’s native Chamorro culture. As Guam’s representative to the U.S. House of Representatives, he was an outspoken advocate for the political and social self-determination of the people of Guam and for numerous issues relevant to the APA community.

“Different Roots, Different Voices, One Family” is the theme of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2003, which is sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs and Services. For more information, call (703) 993-2970.

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