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June 2, 2023

Application Deadline

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 with APIDA professionals who are dedicated to leading in a vibrant, diverse, global, and socially-just higher education environment.

Presented By

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

Featured Speaker

Featured Speaker

Participant Experience


Once applicants are admitted into the program, registration will begin. Details for registration will be updated here this summer. 


Members $495
Non Members $695


Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

All conference activities will take place at Washington University in St. Louis. Institute participants will receive information about hotel rooms and room rates when accepted to the program.


Know someone else who would benefit from APIDALA? Nominate them to apply!

Submit your nomination today!

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
All times are in Central Time
Day 2
All times are in Central Time
Day 3
All times are in Central Time
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Check-In & Breakfast

8:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Morning Sessions

Sample sessions include:

  • Looking at the APIDA Community Through a Critical Lens
  • A History of APIDA Communities in Higher Education
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch with Mentor Groups

12:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Afternoon Sessions

Sample sessions include:

  • Getting To Know Your Strengths
  • Values Driven Leadership
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

Sample sessions include:

  • What Do You Need to Grow?
  • Skills Needed for Professional Growth
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Afternoon Sessions I

Sample sessions include:

  • Ethical Dilemmas
  • Creating Critical Connections
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Individual Meetings with Faculty

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Afternoon Sessions II

Sample sessions include:

  • Additional Degrees
  • Career Mapping
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Brunch in Mentor Groups

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Session

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Continuing Education


NASPA has been approved by the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification to provide CE credit for Certified Student Affairs Educators (CSAEd™). Programs that qualify for CE credit in this program are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.

Please email Pato Lin-Steadman ([email protected]) for a list of sessions eligible for Core, Social Justice and Inclusion (SJI), and/or Speciality CE credits.

To receive credit, please complete this reporting form. In addition, you must complete an online evaluation of individual sessions, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A certificate of completion will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved.



NASPA is able to provide a general certificate of attendance to document hours for other licenses or credentials. It is your responsibility to determine if the general certificate meets the criteria for your specific continuing education needs. NASPA recommends contacting your licensing board or professional organization to inquire about eligibility.

To request a certificate, please complete this reporting form. The certificate will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved. 



If you have specific questions about continuing education, please visit the registration desk or contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected]





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

Event Health, Safety, and Responsibility

With ongoing public health emergencies, NASPA is prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers in mind. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NASPA staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all polices in effect for any event sponsored by the Association.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.

In all cases, we will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, NASPA has implemented safety requirements for many of our place-based convenings.

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies.

For more information, please visit the Global Health, Safety, and Responsibility page.