2019 NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Leadership Academy

October 02 – October 04, 2019
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa | Honolulu, HI

The 2019 Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Leadership Academy (APIDALA) is designed for APIDA higher education professionals who aspire to senior student affairs officer roles and faculty positions, including cabinet-level, vice president or vice provost roles at colleges and universities. The Institute is appropriate  for emerging leaders in associate director, director, assistant/associate dean, dean, and AVP roles. This three-day, cohort-based institute offers an intensive, challenging, and collegial learning environment for student affairs professionals as they develop culturally relevant leadership skills that leverage their unique ethnic/cultural heritages and histories.

The academy is an application-based program, and our selection process has concluded for the 2019 program. 


Aloha mai kākou! Welcome NASPA APIDA colleagues:

Hawaiʻi’s spirit of honoring people, place, ancestry, and coming together, reflects the purpose and vision of our inaugural APIDALA conference. In Pacific indigenous cultures, the oceans unite us; they do not divide us. Thus, we invite you to travel to the most isolated set of islands in the world for APIDALA 2019. We will gather to reflect on our past, examine our current world, and endeavor to build an even brighter future together. Join us as we celebrate the goodness of our peoples, transform our communities, and cultivate environments of inclusion. We look forward to our time together.

  • Brief History of Mānoa

    On the Island of Oʻahu, in the moku (district) of Kona, in the ahupuaʻa (traditional land division) of Waikīkī, Mānoa is nestled at the base of the Koʻolau mountain range. As a lush green valley that experiences daily rainfall, the area was historically the home to countless taro patches and other agriculture that fed families and communities of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. The sanctity of the area was so revered that aliʻi (Hawaiian royalty) had numerous homes in the area.

    The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) was initially envisioned by Queen Liliʻuokalani who signed formal papers to establish a College of Agriculture during her reign. On March 01, 1907, a Native Hawaiian legislator, Maui Representative William Coelho, introduced a bill to “Establish the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts of the Territory of Hawaii and to Provide for the Government and Support Thereof.”  Today, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is the flagship, Research Intensive campus of the 10-campus University of Hawaiʻi system.  The campus was recognized as the most diverse public Research I campus in the nation and is an indigenous serving, and Native Hawaiian serving, institution. More Asian Pacific languages are taught at UHM than at any other place in the world and the campus is home to Hawaiʻinuiākea, the only School of Hawaiian Knowledge on the planet.

  • Institute Model
    While the number of domestic and international students who identify as Asian Pacific Islander or Desi American (APIDA) on U.S. college campuses continues to grow, APIDA staff and faculty often lack spaces to develop skills and relationships to further their impact in student affairs. APIDALA seeks to prepare student affairs professionals to move into positions of greater visibility and influence in higher education.

    APIDALA participants will learn core competencies, knowledge, skills, experiences, and abilities that are essential to higher education leadership from current APIDA higher education and student affairs leaders. Participants will build critical competencies with a cohort of APIDA professionals who are dedicated to leading in a vibrant, diverse, global, and socially-just higher education environment.

    In this cohort-based institute model, APIDALA participants will focus on current research on APIDA professionals in higher education leadership and the pathway to educational administration. Additionally, the academy will address the challenges and opportunities in leading at institutions of higher learning. Institute participants are expected to engage fully in all aspects of APIDALA, including meals and activities.

    This professional development opportunity is designed for self-identified APIDA student affairs professionals with five or more years of experience in higher education. This application process includes completing an online application and submitting a current resume or CV.

  • Learning Outcomes
    APIDALA seeks to prepare student affairs professionals to move into positions of greater visibility and influence in higher education. By the end of the institute, participants will:

    1. Critically reflect on the importance of  culture, context, and sense of place and their impact on higher education communities; This includes the physical space and location of the Academy, but also the emotional and cognitive space needed for growth and reflection
    2. Explore the intersection of advocacy, identity and professional development and its relationship to their leadership and future career advancement in higher education
    3. Identify and develop two leadership skills that will enable them to take on additional leadership roles at their respective institutions
    4. Engage with a community of APIDA professionals across higher education


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • Faculty


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Registration information will be send out with acceptance notifications. Registration includes the following meals: one reception, two breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner. Any additional meals are on individual cost.

As there are limited spots in the institute, we encourage accepted participants to secure their spot by registering as soon as they are able.

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status.

  • If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.
  • If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

Registration Fees

Early Bird
before 08/09/2019
after 08/10/2019
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View Registration Policies

Selected participants will receive a link to register for the academy. 

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by Friday, August 9, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charges for credit cards declined.

Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is August 9, 2019. This program may be canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company, if the substituted individual has been accepted to attend the program. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to refund@naspa.org.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processes, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the drop down menu. Alternatively, email a request to membership@naspa.org to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in the event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA's complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via email at events@naspa.org.


  • Anna Gonzalez

    Anna Gonzalez

    Vice President and Dean of Students
    Harvey Mudd College

    Faculty Bio

  • Tracy Poon Tambascia

    Tracy Poon Tambascia

    Professor of Clinical Education
    University of Southern California

    Faculty Bio

  • Raja Bhattar

    Raja Bhattar

    Consultant, Author, and Artist
    Bhattar Consulting

    Faculty Bio

  • Shruti Desai

    Shruti Desai

    Chief of Staff for the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Faculty Bio

  • Henry Gee

    Henry Gee

    Vice President of Student Services
    Rio Hondo College

    Faculty Bio

  • Lori Miyo Ideta

    Lori Miyo Ideta

    Interim Vice Chancellor for Students
    University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

    Faculty Bio

  • Hikaru Kozuma

    Hikaru Kozuma

    Chief Student Affairs Officer
    Amherst College

    Faculty Bio

  • Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright

    Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright

    Assistant Professor of Educational Administration
    University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

    Faculty Bio


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at the 2019 NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Leadership Academy or have any questions, contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org. The deadline for sponsorships and exhibiting opportunities is September 18, 2019


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Honolulu, Hawaii

Conference activities will take place on campus at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Transportation will be provided from the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach Hotel to the university each day. 

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach Hotel starting at $169/night (not including 10.25% occupancy tax and 4.7% Hawaii sales taxes, per night, that is subject to change without notice). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Participants will receive additional informaion on how to book a room once accepted into the program.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
2330 Kūhiō Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 892-1820
$169 - Single/Double
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