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NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Leadership Academy

In-Person Faculty-led Institutes Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Asian Pacific Islanders

Leadership Academy Model

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. APIDA Leadership Academy (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. APIDALA participants will focus on current research on APIDA professionals in higher education leadership and the pathway to educational administration. The academy will address the challenges and opportunities in leading at institutions of higher learning, especially given the changes the landscape of higher education has seen in the last couple of years.

In this cohort-based leadership academy model, participants will build critical competencies withAPIDA professionals who are dedicated to leading in a vibrant, diverse, global, and socially-just higher education environment.

Application Process

This is an application-based academy. Interested participants will have to apply and be accepted to APIDALA.

This professional development opportunity is designed for self-identified APIDA student affairs professionals with five or more years of experience in higher education. APIDALA is a great opportunity for professionals who might be discerning their next career steps.

If you're unsure about attending the program based on your professional experience, please email Gretchenrae Campera at [email protected] with a copy of your resume/CV, and we'll help you determine program eligibility.

This application process includes completing an online application and submitting a current resume or CV.

If selected, your application will inform how the faculty creates cluster groups.

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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:

  • Critically reflect on the importance of  culture, context, and sense of place and their impact on higher education communities
  • Explore the intersection of advocacy, identity and professional development and its relationship to their leadership and future career advancement in higher education
  • Identify and develop two leadership skills that will enable them to take on additional leadership roles at their respective institutions
  • Engage with a community of APIDA professionals across higher education

Leadership Academy Faculty

Participant Experience

Schedule At A Glance

This is a sample outline of the schedule. Institute participants are expected to engage fully in all aspects of APIDALA, including meals and activities. Please check back soon for more details about the full institute schedule. 

Schedule At A Glance
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Check-In & Breakfast

8:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Morning Sessions

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch with Mentor Groups

12:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Afternoon Sessions

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Dinner with Mentor Groups

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast & Welcome

8:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Morning Sessions

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Afternoon Sessions I

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Individual Meetings with Faculty

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Afternoon Sessions II

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Networking Break


If you would like to sponsor the NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Leadership Academy, please contact Fred Comparato at [email protected].

COVID-19 Event Safety

Please see the NASPA COVID Event Safety and Responsibility webpage for complete information about NASPA's policy.