AAPI Lead Program

Richland College recognizes that there is a need for AAPI leadership representation. The AAPI Lead Program gives students the opportunities to attend leadership courses at no cost for tuition or books.

The AAPI Student Leadership Development Program creates student leaders by:

  • Deeply engaging students in their own personal and professional growth through mentoring and internships
  • Providing learning experiences that foster excellent skills in sociability, communication, collaboration, and creativity

The program includes three tiers:

  • Tier 1 of the program is a leadership course which goes through two parts.
    • Part I: The Culture Awareness and Identity class which helps students understand themselves and others. Students will learn culture interaction, identify communication styles, how to make relationship with others, and more.
    • Part II: The Communications & Leadership Skill class will go through basic soft skills to prepare students for leadership roles in their future career, such as team work, problem solving, goal setting, and interview experience.
  • Tier 2 of the program focuses on student needs by developing both competence and sociability. Unstructured mentoring opportunities or workshops are available for students who are in AANAPISI-sponsored navigation.
  • In both Tier 1 and Tier 2, participants will also gain personal inspiration by participating in guest speaker events from both the Honors Academy and AAPI Leadership Program speakers. The former will address topics of broad interest; the latter will focus on the AAPI experience in college and in life, to provide AAPI participants perspective on their own identities and cultures.

  • Tier 3 of the program, a connection to internships or job shadow experiences, will be established in cooperation with an advisory committee that includes both Richland College personnel as well as AAPI organizations. Founding AAPI members include:
    • The Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce
    • The US India Chamber of Commerce
    • The Nepali Chamber of Commerce
    • The Marco Polo World Foundation
    • The Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Enroll with Megan Farmer at 972-238-6268 or Maho Kaping at 972-238-6958.