College is the perfect time to learn more about yourself and your communities. You might learn that eating ramen all the time isn't so bad, but you'll definitely learn a lot about yourself, your strengths and your weaknesses and how you interact with others. Below you'll find information on different resources that will cultivate your inner leader during this important time of your life.
Leadership Programs [close]
OCA APIA U: Leadership 101
"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 60 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."
Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI): The Student Experience
"Since December of 1998, the Social Justice Training Institute has been providing an opportunity for individuals committed to issues of inclusion to develop their skills in the areas of dialogue and connectedness. The institute is open to 50 undergraduate students on college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad. This advanced experience is for students who have done a fairly significant amount of work on social justice issues."
National Service-Learning Leadership Council
"The National Service-Learning Conference draws nearly 3,000 attendees from around the world for three intensive days of speakers, workshops, and networking. Growing to Greatness publishes research that is transforming the field of service-learning and influencing public policy."
Internships & Fellowships [close]
OCA Internship & Summer Internship Programs
"Internship placements are available year-round at the OCA National Center, where students work on OCA's program areas as well as assist with communications and development. The OCA Summer Internship program brings Asian Pacific American (APA) students from all around the country to Washington, DC to intern full-time for a federal agency, Congressional office, or partner nonprofit. The summer internship program is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about national issues and policies that affect APAs."
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Internships & Fellowships
"The JACL offers fellowship opportunities to work in JACL and in congressional offices as a way of providing experience-based training to individuals who have demonstrated an interest in Asian American community activism."
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Fellowship Program
"The APAICS Fellowship program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C. The program aims to build leadership skills, encourage political civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers."
Reports & Publications [close]
Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders: Facts not Fiction - Setting the Record Straight [PDF]
"The 2008 CARE Report seeks to improve U.S. education for all students by expanding the way education leaders, federal and state policy-makers, and the public understand the complexities, inequities, and strengths of the U.S. educational system. This report is intended to encourage realistic and actionable discussions about how societal distinctions of race, class, ethnicity, language, and other cultural factors are constituted in the day-to-day operations of American schools."
Federal Higher Education Policy Priorities and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community [PDF]
"The 2010 CARE Report focuses most intently on areas of emerging importance related to how AAPIs are positioned within the context of higher education policy priorities. Specifically, the report focuses on three areas of higher education that are critical for AAPIs and the nation looking forward: 1) education and workforce development needs of AAPIs, 2) AAPIs in the community college sector, and 3) AAPIs and minority-serving institution legislation."
The Relevance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the College Completion Agenda [PDF]
"The 2011 CARE Report aims to raise awareness about the relevance of AAPI students to offer a broader vision of a higher education agenda that is inclusive of one of America's most underserved communities."
The Pacific Islander Health Careers Pipeline Program: Report on Educational Barriers, Needs, and Recommendations [PDF]
"This report provides an in-depth, qualitative assessment from adult and youth key informants regarding the various environmental, structural, socio-economic, and social challenges to attaining higher education as well as the various needs of PI youth as they relate to psychosocial support, retention and recruitment, and health career knowledge and access. Also included in this report are personal stories from community members who have faced and overcome many challenges to achieving a higher education as well as recommendations for developing, implementing and sustaining a pipeline program and ultimately, increasing the number of PI achieving higher education."
The Social Change Model of Leadership Development
"The Social Change Model of Leadership Development was created in 1993 by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA in an effort to enhance student learning and facilitate positive social change. This model emphasizes the need to understand self and others in an effort to create community change. It is less about the leader and more about the leadership community."
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans
By Ronald Takaki
"In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, & oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans."
Letters from Young Activists
Edited by Dan Berger, Chesa Boudin, & Kenyan Farraw
"Meet the bold new generation of activists. Aged ten to thirty-one, these diverse authors are helping remade the world. They are atheist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim; queer, heterosexual, bisexual – Americans from every type of background, united in their vision for the world as they work towards racial, economic, environmental, and global justice."
Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People
By Helen Zia
"This groundbreaking book traces the transformation of Asian Americans from a few small, disconnected, and largely invisible ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society. It explores the events that shocked Asian Americans into motion and shaped a new consciousness. Helen Zia, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, writes as a personal witness to the dramatic changes involving Asian Americans."
Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White
By Frank Wu
"Frank H. Wu offers a unique perspective on how changing ideas of racial identity will affect race relations in the twenty-first century. Wu examines affirmative action, globalization, immigration, and other controversial contemporary issues through the lens of the Asian-American experience. Mixing personal anecdotes, legal cases, and journalistic reporting, Wu confronts damaging Asian-American stereotypes such as "the model minority" and "the perpetual foreigner." By offering new ways of thinking about race in American society, Wu's work dares us to make good on our great democratic experiment."
The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawai'i
By Sydney Iaukea
"In this exposé Sydney L. Iaukea ties personal memories to newly procured political information about Hawai'i's crucial Territorial era. Spurred by questions surrounding intergenerational property disputes in her immediate family, she delves into Hawai'i's historical archives. There she discovers the central role played by her great-great-grandfather in the politics of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Hawai'i—in particular, Curtis P. Iaukea's trusted position with the Hawaiian Kingdom's last ruling monarch, Queen Lili'uokalani. As Iaukea charts her ancestor's efforts to defend a culture under siege, she reveals astonishing legal and legislative maneuvers that show us how capitalism reshaped cultural relationships. She finds resonant parallels and connections between her own upbringing in Maui's housing projects, her family's penchant for hiding property, and the Hawaiian peoples' loss of their country and lands."
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
By Ronald Takaki
"Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounted the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States--Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others--groups who helped create this country's rich mosaic culture."
The Karma of Brown Folk
By Vijay Prashad
"In this kaleidoscopic critique, Prashad looks into the complexities faced by the members of a "model minority"-one, he claims, that is consistently deployed as "a weapon in the war against black America.""
21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times
by Bernie Trilling & Charles Fadel
"This essential resource introduces a framework for 21st century learning that maps out the skills needed to survive and thrive in a complex and connected world."
The Sum of Our Parts: Mixed Heritage Asian Americans
edited by Teresa Williams-Leon & Cynthia L. Nakashima
"This unique collection of essays focuses on the construction of identity among people of Asian descent who claim multiple heritages."
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [close]
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
"The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias."
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
"A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club in a high school or middle school that brings together LGBTQ and straight students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform for activism to fight homophobia and transphobia."
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.