2019 NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Leadership Academy

October 02 – October 04, 2019
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa | Honolulu, HI

The 2019 Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Leadership Academy (APIDALA) is designed for APIDA higher education professionals who aspire to senior student affairs officer roles and faculty positions, including cabinet-level, vice president or vice provost roles at colleges and universities. The Institute is appropriate  for emerging leaders in associate director, director, assistant/associate dean, dean, and AVP roles. This three-day, cohort-based institute offers an intensive, challenging, and collegial learning environment for student affairs professionals as they develop culturally relevant leadership skills that leverage their unique ethnic/cultural heritages and histories.

This is an application-based institute. Interested participants will have to apply and be accepted to APIDALA. Would you like to be notified when the application is available? Please submit this form to receive a notification or nominate a colleague for the program.


While the number of domestic and international students who identify as Asian Pacific Islander or Desi American (APIDA) on U.S. college campuses continues to grow, APIDA staff and faculty often lack spaces to develop skills and relationships to further their impact in student affairs. APIDALA seeks to prepare student affairs professionals to move into positions of greater visibility and influence in higher education.

APIDALA participants will learn core competencies, knowledge, skills, experiences, and abilities that are essential to higher education leadership from current APIDA higher education and student affairs leaders. Participants will build critical competencies with a cohort of APIDA professionals who are dedicated to leading in a vibrant, diverse, global, and socially-just higher education environment.

  • Institute Model
    In this cohort-based institute model, APIDALA participants will focus on current research on APIDA professionals in higher education leadership and the pathway to educational administration. Additionally, the academy will address the challenges and opportunities in leading at institutions of higher learning. Institute participants are expected to engage fully in all aspects of APIDALA, including meals and activities.

    This professional development opportunity is designed for self-identified APIDA student affairs professionals with five or more years of experience in higher education. This application process includes completing an online application and submitting a current resume or CV.

  • Learning Outcomes
    APIDALA seeks to prepare student affairs professionals to move into positions of greater visibility and influence in higher education. By the end of the institute, participants will:

    1. Critically reflect on the importance of  culture, context, and sense of place and their impact on higher education communities; This includes the physical space and location of the Academy, but also the emotional and cognitive space needed for growth and reflection
    2. Explore the intersection of advocacy, identity and professional development and its relationship to their leadership and future career advancement in higher education
    3. Identify and develop two leadership skills that will enable them to take on additional leadership roles at their respective institutions
    4. Engage with a community of APIDA professionals across higher education


Presented By


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  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • Faculty


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  • Anna Gonzalez

    Anna Gonzalez

    Vice President and Dean of Students
    Harvey Mudd College

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  • Tracy Poon Tambascia

    Tracy Poon Tambascia

    Professor of Clinical Education
    University of Southern California

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  • Raja Bhattar

    Raja Bhattar

    Assistant Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Identity + Inclusion
    University of Chicago

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  • Shruti Desai

    Shruti Desai

    Chief of Staff for the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Faculty Bio

  • Henry Gee

    Henry Gee

    Vice President of Student Services
    Rio Hondo College

    Faculty Bio

  • Lori Miyo Ideta

    Lori Miyo Ideta

    Interim Vice Chancellor for Students
    University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

    Faculty Bio

  • Hikaru Kozuma

    Hikaru Kozuma

    Chief Student Affairs Officer
    Amherst College

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  • Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright

    Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright

    Assistant Professor of Educational Administration
    University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

    Faculty Bio

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