Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Organizations: Transformative Leadership Development
By: Cynya Ko
Published: 05/16/2012
Uploaded: 03/26/2018
Uploaded by: Pocket Masters
Pockets: Historical Dissertations, 2012 (May) Teachers College Columbia University Ed.D. Dissertations, Gottesman Libraries Archive
Tags: Asian American, civic engagement, COLLEGE STUDENT, Leadership, PACIFIC ISLANDER, student

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Description/Abstract: America faces alarming patterns of civic disengagement. This study addresses the challenge to transform college students into responsible and engaged citizens—leaders of a diverse democracy. By taking a close look at the experiences of individuals within higher education who actively engage in effecting social change, this study provides an intimate portrait of the individuals for whom American institutions of higher education have fulfilled its promise. Through personal narratives, this study explores how undergraduate experiences in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student organizations have influenced the development of professionals working in student affairs. Data were collected from eight participants who attended college across the United States between 1981 and 2000. The findings elucidate how AAPI student organizations provide a vital learning environment for developing students into citizen-leaders on campus, in their professions, in their local communities, and in the world. This study provides valuable qualitative data for understanding how AAPI
student organizations connect the diversity agenda and civic missions of institutions of higher education and develop transformative leaders.