The mission of the Institute for South Asia Studies at the University of California is to support the teaching, research, cultural, outreach, development and community activities relating to South Asia and South Asians at Berkeley. An important component of this mission is to extend this support to Berkeley's sister institutions in the University of California system, and in the primary, secondary and post-secondary educational system of the State of California.
ISAS K-14 related activities include:
- Programs on and off the Berkeley campus
- Curriculum and materials support for school teachers
- Information and activities for students and teachers of local primary, secondary and post-secondary schools
- Partnership for International Education (PIE). A partnership between the four colleges of the Peralta Community College District ((Berkeley City College – BCC, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College) and four National Resource Centers at the University of California, Berkeley including the Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS), has been established with funding from a Title VI grant from the Federal Department of Education.
- The ORIAS Speakers Bureau is a cohort of graduate students who offer 45-minute presentations specifically geared to students from middle school to community college. Each talk models important Common Core Social Studies skills, such as analysis of texts and use of evidence to build an argument. Many talks include content that dovetails with History Social-Science Content Standards, while all talks offer opportunities for inquiry-based student engagement, as outlined in the new History-Social Science Framework. Most presentations are also appropriate for more than one grade level or subject, because they address broad questions while focusing on specific events and topics. Read more here.