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What is APIA U: LEADERSHIP TRAINING? The interactive college leadership training program involves hands-on exercises, small group discussions, and presentations led by two qualified APIA facilitators. The one day training assembles students from each region and focuses on self-awareness, team-building, and direct action organizing. Participants will be asked to challenge themselves, share their experiences, and develop leadership tools in order to effectively serve as catalysts for change.  

Knowing that cultural influences impact how one leads, our mission is to provide Asian/Pacific Islander American student leaders and activists with a unique training opportunity which keeps in mind the viewpoints and experiences of APIAs and students of color. The program focuses on the development of leadership and organizational skills that are relevant to APIA campuses and communities.


The training curriculum is a workshop series that provides a platform for the development of the individual, student organizations and broader community. This training agenda employs concepts from the Critical APIA Leadership Framework (CALF) model, a model that integrates components from the Social Change Model for Leadership Development from the University of California, Los Angeles, research on the "millennial generation" of students, and experience of the APIA community. The CALF model will focus on developing core competencies that empower participants to develop their identity, build leadership skills and advocate for their community. Participants can range from campus student leaders to students who want to be more involved. The one day training will take participants through a series of exercises and discussions that encourage increasing one's participation and strengthening their commitment and ability to participate in social change on behalf of the Asian Pacific American community.

The day of the training will involve interactive activities and engaging discussions that weave the CALF model's three areas of competencies found to encourage more active participation. The first competency is in understanding one's cultural self in relation to others. Discussion will acknowledge the diverse experiences within the APIA community, and the ways in which these shape individual beliefs, values, attitudes and emotions. Participants will be encouraged to identify issues of importance to them in relation to their cultural identity and foster awareness of the impact of stereotypes on individual and group identity.


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