Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)


School of Management

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III


This paper investigates the potential impact of cross-sector partnerships between nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and universities on the educational attainment of Southeast Asian American (SEAA) students, particularly those from disenfranchised or nontraditional backgrounds. Guided by the research question, "Can cross-sector partnerships between NPOs and universities contribute to increased educational attainment among SEAA students?", the study seeks to comprehensively explore SEAA student experiences, challenge the Model Minority Stereotype, enrich SEAA higher educational achievement literature, underline the significance of disaggregated data and cross-sector collaborations, and create an adaptable framework for other communities. By adopting an Asian Critical Race Theory (AsianCrit) lens, the research unravels the complex web of factors influencing SEAA students' educational trajectories. The study delves into historical contexts of refugee migration to the U.S. and the enduring influence of the model minority stereotype to provide an in-depth understanding of their academic challenges and achievements. Key findings underscore the importance of tailored support mechanisms, data disaggregation, representation, and strategic partnerships in shaping SEAA students' educational outcomes. Universities are encouraged to invest in affinity centers tailored to SEAA communities, fostering a sense of belonging and representation. Cross-sector partnerships between universities and community organizations are identified as transformative avenues to enhance support, requiring formal agreements for optimal resource sharing. Data disaggregation is pivotal for informed interventions, while diverse representation in leadership and staff enriches institutional strategies. The study's recommendations encompass nurturing inclusive environments, forming strategic partnerships, prioritizing data disaggregation, promoting diversity, and embracing continuous evaluation. Implementation of these suggestions can create an ecosystem where SEAA students excel academically, emotionally, and socially. This exploration illuminates a transformative journey, enabling universities to navigate challenges and capitalize on opportunities through cross-sector collaborations. Ultimately, this research contributes to empowering SEAA students and fostering their holistic potential within a supportive educational environment.