APA Council and LEAP@OSU Leadership Program
Pan-Asian & Pacific Islander Community
The Asian Pacific American (APA) Council, a registered student organization, was formed to create a sense of community among Asian & Pacific Islander students.
The APA Council is made up 19 Pan-Asian and Pacific Islander and national organizations including the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, Asian & Pacific American Student Union, Alpha Pi Omega, Cambodian Students Association, Delta Phi Omega, EPIC, HMONG Minority National Group, Hui O Hawaii, Hula Club, Isang Bansang Pilipino, Indian Students Association, Japanese American Student Association, Japanese Students Association, Korean Students Association, Omega Delta Phi, Sigma Beta Rho, Teo Chew Association, Vietnamese Students Association, and their members who are enrolled students at Oregon State University.
LEAP @OSU Leadership Program
Leaders Empowering Asian & Pacific Islanders (LEAP)@OSU is composed of representation from the APA Council. Members participate in a shared governance and leadership as they engage in he developement in outreach/ engagement services, and and plan transition and retention programming.
LEAP @OSU close to 50 members are involved in leadership development, year long training with topics that include: APA Identity development, , Immigration history, Emotional quotient, APA Leadership styles vs. Western Leadership Styles, APA Values, Presentation skills, Community Outreach, Service Leadership, and Leaders from within. LEAP @OSU with representatives from members of the APA Council collaborate to plan yearly events that include:
1) APA Connect: Transition, orientation and welcome to incoming freshman and transfer students
2) APA Welcome Reception: Opportunity for APA Council member opportunity to share their organizations to help students to be able to network and join API social support organizations
3) APA Harvest Celebration: Giving Thanks Around the World. APA Council collaborates with International Students of OSU to different countries by (e.g., Korean cucumber salad, Tiramisu) sharing the way they celebrate harvests and including some dish with the traditional American Thanksgiving dishes including turkey, stuffing, rice, cranberries, mashed potatoes, rolls. Members of the APA Council and ISOSU prepare the dinner for close to 400 faculty, staff, and students.
4) APA Heritage Month: Month long activities including APA Kick-Off, Food Demo, speakers, performances, Spring Fling
5) APA End of the Year Celebration Honoring Leaders and Graduates
6) APA Community Service: Fundraising for Hurricane Katrina, Tsunami in Thailand and Earthquake in China; Sharing API history, values, experiences through books to 2nd, 3rd, 4th graders.