May 17, 2017

Roy Y. Chan Named to Join Prestigious "Committee of 100" for Extraordinary Work at Indiana University

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The IU 21st Century Scholars Program is pleased to announce that Roy Y. Chan, special projects coordinator of IU 21st Century Scholars Program & Ph.D. student of IU School of Education, was nominated and named to join the prestigious Committee of 100” group for his extraordinary work at Indiana University Bloomington.

Established in 1990, the Committee of 100 is a group of distinguished Chinese Americans who seek to address complex issues pertaining to Americans of Chinese descent and U.S.-China relations. As a non-partisan organization founded by renowned architect I.M. Pei, the Committee of 100 serves as a bridge between the cultures and systems of China and the U.S. by promoting the exchange of ideas and perspectives surrounding the diversity and inclusion of Chinese Americans in the United States. Current members include co-founder of YouTube Steve Chen, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, NASA Astronaut Leroy Chiao, Olympic champion Michelle Kwan, founder & CEO of Panda Express Andrew Cherng, director of Walt Disney Company John S. Chen, co-founder & director of Marvell Group Weili Dai, and distinguished professor Frank H. WuMembership to the Committee of 100 is by invitation only.

"As a Chinese American, I am so grateful to have been nominated and named to join the prestigious Committee of 100 Next Generation group," Roy said. "I am proud to represent my state and my institution at Indiana University Bloomington with grace and dignity, and am truly blessed to have wonderful colleagues and friends who always supported my work. It made me really proud to be a teacher-scholar and practitioner and having accomplished so many things in the state of Indiana."

When discussing why the work of Committee of 100 is important, Roy quoted "The work of Committee of 100 is so important to the diversity and inclusion of Chinese Americans and Chinese immigrants residing in the United States. There are so many negative stereotypes of Asian Americans in mainstream media that we are labeled as foreigners and we don’t exist in politics, the media, and/or the law. The Committee of 100 attempts to address those issues by encouraging constructive relations between the peoples of the United States and Greater China to improve the lives of Americans of Chinese descent and East Asians in the United States."

Roy is the first participant in the Committee of 100’s history to join the elite group from Indiana University. He was formally recognized during the “Committee of 100 Annual Conference” gala dinner on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Roy joins a distinguished cohort of next generation leaders from several preeminent organizations including the World Bank, U.S. Department of State, Airbnb, Google, McKinsey & Company, UC Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. A full list of incoming members including Roy can be found at: Click Here

Vincent E. Isom, director of IU 21st Century Scholars Program & fellow of IU Thomas I. Atkins Living Learning Center, said "Roy Y. Chan is an amazing young intellectual leader. His awards and honors are many, and I congratulate him for all he has done in his 3 short years at Indiana University. He is a role model for thousands of Asian Americans in Indiana and millions more around the country and the world."

We congratulate Roy for his civic and philanthropic leadership within the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) and the IU School of Education.