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Last modified: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

IU to present inaugural Distinguished Asian/Pacific American Alumni Award

April 26, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Belle Liang, an education professor at Boston College and a national expert on youth mentoring, on Friday (April 28) will receive the inaugural Distinguished Asian/Pacific American Alumni Award from Indiana University.

Liang, associate professor in the Lynch School of Education, received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from IU Bloomington in 1989. As an undergraduate, she rode in the Little 500 and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Today, she is a licensed clinical and community psychologist who specializes in intervention and prevention from cross-cultural and developmental perspectives, trauma recovery and resiliency.

The purpose of the Distinguished Asian/Pacific American Alumni Award is to provide recognition for outstanding achievements by the Asian/Pacific American men and women alumni of IU. This is the first year for the award, and it is given by IU's Asian Alumni Association. Liang was selected as the recipient because of her professional achievements and service to her community.

Liang will receive her award during an invitation-only dinner honoring her, graduating students, and Asian and Asian American student leaders, starting at 7 p.m. at the Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center, 1000 E. 17th St. The event is being hosted by the Asian Culture Center, the Asian Alumni Association and the Asian Student Union.

Liang is the author of numerous papers and several new measures for the study of qualities underlying growth-fostering peer, community and mentor relationships. In an upcoming book, First Do No Harm: A Call for Ethical Guidelines in Youth Mentoring (Harvard University Press), she and her colleagues synthesize the research on youth mentoring in ways that are accessible to practitioners not in academia.

Liang and her students also recently launched an award-winning Web outreach project created for and by young people called GenerationPulse -- located at -- that has received hundreds of submissions in its first year.