Government Professor Allan Tow is more than an educator – he is a role model for the Asian-American students.

Tow, who has been the adviser to the Asian-American Student Association for 15 years, was honored with the 2012 Creating the Dream Award at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., luncheon, hosted by the Office of Diversity Services.

“I’m enormously privileged to work with our students in a way that I can help them in and out of the classroom,” said Tow. “I like supporting them and being a positive influence in their lives.”

The Creating the Dream Award was established in 2005 and recognizes the outstanding efforts of an individual, organization, or department within the University in creating an inclusive, respectful, and safe climate for members of the AHANA community.

Tow said his motivation to go that extra mile to help students is fueled by his past.

“While growing up, I had no Asian role models, except for my dad,” he said. “I think it is very important for young people in any culture to have someone they can look up to.”

Anthony Huynh, president of the Asian-American Student Association, praised Tow for his commitment.

“Professor Tow embraces the Asian community with welcoming arms and keeps the organization alive with his wisdom, knowledge, and good humor,” said Huynh. “He supports the club’s interests, provides his honest opinions, and is always available to meet, talk, or mentor.”

Huynh noted that Tow, despite the many obligations in his professional and personal life, still manages to attend the student club events and activities on a regular basis.

“These students have a lot of energy and they are fun to be around,” said Tow. “I enjoy the one-on-one interaction I have with each of them.”

Newly named president James McCarthy was in the audience and received a warm welcome from the large contingent of students, faculty, and staff in attendance to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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