CIRCLE – Leadership Development

Critical Issues in Race, Class, & Leadership Education


CIRCLE is a weekly, noncredit leadership seminar featuring critical subjects over seven sessions for all Asian Pacific American (APA) students.

Since 1988, student participants have the opportunity to engage in discussions on social justice and various issues. CIRCLE is focused on building awareness of the APA community through critical analysis of contemporary issues, introspection and outreach. Through an intimate group setting, APA community site visits, and a two-day intensive overnight retreat enable students to build bridges from greater awareness to activism.

CIRCLE runs 7 weeks in the Fall semester, with 4 sessions a week to choose from.


Application link: Check back in August 2018!

Application deadline: Check back in August 2018!

All participants will be invited for a 20-minute interview with your TA to learn more about you!

A $20 retreat deposit is due by Week 2.

Program Details

The CIRCLE curriculum seeks to educate, engage and empower the APA student community through critical self-reflection and identity-based development.

The 2018 CIRCLE curriculum has been set to showcase the following:

  • Week 0 – CIRCLE Orientation (Sunday afternoon before Week 1)
  • Week 1 – Identity Week
  • Week 2 – APA History & Immigration Week
  • Week 3 – Class Week
  • Week 4 – Sexual Identity Week
  • Week 5 – Gender Identity Week
  • Week 6 – Race Week
  • Week 7 – Solidarity Week
  • Weekend after Week 7 – Two-day Overnight Retreat

Contact Information

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