LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Diversity) is a two-day leadership seminar that promotes leadership development for Asian American and Pacific Islander high school students. With the help of college students and working professionals as mentors, AAPI high school students become more knowledgeable in identity development as AAPI, particularly to encourage pride in our heritage and understanding of how we, too, can be leaders in the United States.
LEAD was developed in 2009 by Dr. Wenli Jen, who has been a trail blazer for developing youth programs that help to build resiliency particularly against discrimination against young Asian American and Pacific Islanders. For this particular program, the idea is to bridge the past to the present for younger generation to become future leaders.
The event is held on Friday, August 22, 9am-5pm, and will feature an open-to-the-public speaker panel from 3:30-5pm. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30am.
Students entering 9th grade, or students entering first year of any undergraduate program are welcome.
Breakfast and lunch for participants are provided. Community service hours are also provided upon request.
At this time, we are happy to announce that our panel speakers this year will include the following speakers:
1. Ms. Tram Le, Associate Director of the Vietnamese American Oral History Project
2. Professor Tri Chan Tran, University of California, Irvine, Language Learning Program