APIA U: Leadership Training
The interactive college leadership training program involves hands-on exercises, small group discussions, and presentations led by two qualified APIA facilitators. The training assembles students to focus on self-awareness, team-building, and direct action organizing. Participants will be asked to challenge themselves, share their experiences, and develop leadership tools in order to effectively serve as catalysts for change. Ths workshop will have 2 breakouts: APIA U 101 and APIA U 201 (advance).
- Students will develop knowledge about APA issues and become empowered in their communities.
- Create networks and meet other APAs in the region.
- Strengthen APA awareness on your campus with students, staff and faculty members.
- Engage with the local OCA chapter.
Meet the Facilitators
Nick Sakurai has over a decade of experience building social justice movements by developing the skills and leadership of passionate people, and by creating stronger and more resourced organizations and communities through quality management, community organizing, and engaged philanthropy. An expert in diversity and equity issues broadly, Sakurai also has particular interests in sexuality and gender, race and ethnicity, and international issues. Sakurai began as a facilitator with OCA's APIA U in 2004 and since then has trained new facilitators and co-created the Critical APIA Leadership Framework (CALF model). Sakurai has an M.A. in International Training and Education from American University in Washington, D.C. and an International M.B.A. from the Instituto de Empresa (IE Business School) in Madrid, Spain. Sakurai received a B.A. in Sociology with a Computer Science minor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kehaulani Vaughn is working towards her doctorate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California-Riverside. Her academic background includes American Studies, Asian American Studies, American Indian Studies, and Education. Vaughn received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College and graduate degrees from UCLA. Her research interests include: Indigenous sovereignty issues, land rights, and Indigenous education. Over the past several years she has worked extensively with underrepresented youth and college students around issues of higher education access and retention. She is a board member with Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) and has spoken nationally on issues concerning higher education and the Pacific Islander community.
Connie Rose Tingson- Gatuz, PhD
In her tenth year working with APIA U, Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz serves as the Lead Facilitator. She is Vice President for Student Affairs and Mission Integration at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. Over the last seventeen years, Connie has worked in various Academic and Student Affairs areas. She has created dozens of APIA serving initiatives at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan and advised multiple Asian American student organizations. Connie has served as a consultant for nine years for the Gates Millenium Scholarship (GMS) Program, consulted with OCA on various APIA scholarships, served as the Midwest Association for Filipino Americans (MAFA) organizing committee Advisor, and served on the Board of Advisors for the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU). In addition to authoring government and corporate grants to support college students, she co-authored a book chapter, Unwritten Rules: Organizational and Political Realities on the Job, for new Student Affairs professionals. Honored with the 2010 National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) API Knowledge Community Outstanding Mentor award, she continues to develop students and professionals in higher education. She earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University.
Jason is the Coordinator for Student Retention & Academic Success in the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at Loyola University Chicago, where he oversees the S.T.A.R.S. (Students Together Are Reaching Success) program, a peer mentorship program for first-year students of color and first-generation college students. In addition, he supports the office’s various diversity and social justice initiatives, including an alternative break immersion trip to the Deep South that examines the civil rights movements of the 1960s and present-day.
Prior to Loyola, Jason served as the Director of Scholar & Alumni Programs at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), where he advised scholarship recipients across the country and oversaw a portfolio of academic support, leadership development, and community outreach programs. Jason has also advised student organizations and campus leaders at the University of Maryland-College Park, and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and staff member at City Year, a national non-profit community service organization.
Jason has served as an APIA U: Leadership 101 facilitator for five years. He 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.