Dr. OiYan Poon

Associate Professor Affiliate, Colorado State University

Dr. OiYan Poon (she/hers) is an associate professor affiliate in the School of Education at Colorado State University and a program officer at the Spencer Foundation. Her research interests include Asian Americans in education, affirmative action, and the racial politics of college access and admissions policies. Most recently, she completed a national study on how race-conscious college admissions works. Dr. Poon is also a co-lead author on the amicus briefs submitted on behalf of 678 social scientists to defend race-conscious admissions policies in SFFA v. Harvard. She has also served as an undergraduate admissions reviewer at University of California–Davis and a scholarship application reviewer for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Boston College, M.Ed. at the University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in Education and Asian American Studies at UCLA.

Dr. is speaking at

General Advocacy
July 15, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


  • Dr. OiYan Poon (Speaker) Associate Professor Affiliate, Colorado State University


The majority of Asian Americans support affirmative action policies, including race-conscious college admissions. Nonetheless, there remains a very vocal minority of Asian Americans (mostly Chinese Americans) who oppose the policy. As researchers have found, there remains an Asian American affirmative action divide, but do we even know what we’re arguing about? In this workshop, presenters will offer a brief explanation of the current state of federal case law and legal parameters governing race-conscious admissions practices. Then, attendees will participate in an interactive activity that will simulate the work of selective admissions offices. They will apply the legal parameters for considering race as one of many factors in the admissions evaluation and decision-making process.

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