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APIA U: Leadership Training

  Douglas Lee serves as the Assistant Director for the
  Asian American Center at Northeastern University in
  Boston, MA.  He oversees the mentoring program, Asian
  American Heritage Week, and several initiatives to increase the
  visibility and involvement of the Asian American community on
  campus.  He also works with several multicultural efforts to
  empower and engage students of color on campus.
  Prior to Northeastern, Douglas worked as a graduate assistant
  working with Asian Pacific American students in the Multicultural
  Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) office at the
University of Maryland. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Douglas worked for four years at OCA helping to oversee the high school and college student programs.  He helped to provide structure to the APIA U Leadership 101 and OCA summer internship program as well as assisted in the maintenance of the OCA National Center and Convention.  He is also a proud OCA Summer Intern alum (Summer 2004) and APIA U Leadership 101 alum. Douglas has a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland in Counseling and Personnel Services and wrote his thesis on the relationship between collective racial esteem and leadership self-efficacy among Asian American college students.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and minored in Asian Pacific American studies from the University of Virginia.   


  Jason Chan is a doctoral student in the Higher Education
  & Organizational Change program at UCLA. His research
  interests center on the experiences of students of color,
  specifically on factors that contribute to identity development,
  retention and persistence, and college success. Prior to UCLA,
  Jason oversaw a peer mentorship program for first-year students
  of color and first-generation college students at Loyola University
  Chicago, and, as the former Director of Scholar & Alumni
  Programs at APIASF/GMS, advised scholarship recipients across
  the country and developed a portfolio of academic support,
leadership development, and community outreach programs. He has also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and staff member at City Year, a national non-profit community service organization, and has been a facilitator for OCA’s APIA U college leadership development program for the past seven years. Jason has an M. Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a B.A. in Psychology and Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.


  Kēhaulani Natsuko Vaughn is a visiting lecturer in
  Asian American Studies at Pitzer College. She is a current
  a doctoral candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of
  California at Riverside. Her educational background includes
  graduate degrees from UCLA in Education, Asian American
  and Indigenous Studies. Her current research explores Pacific
  Island Studies, Indigenous education, and decolonial practices
  and pedagogies. Her publications include: “The Possibilities of
  Pacific Islander Studies in the Continental United States,” and
  “Asserting Kuleana: Native Hawaiian Expressions of Self-
Determination.” Before returning for her doctorate, Kēhaulani worked professionally at UCLA as an Academic Advisor for undergraduate and graduate students and also coordinated a federally-funded Student Support Services Trio program. She has been involved with educational access, outreach, and retention over the past several years both professionally and voluntarily amongst underrepresented students and families. She is a nationally recognized speaker on higher education and Pacific Islander education issues and consults for numerous organizations including OCA and the Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund. She is also a co-founder and current board member of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) based in Southern California. EPIC is a nationally recognized advocacy organization for Pacific Islanders and works to empower the community through research, advocacy and education.


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