CIRCLE – Leadership Development

Critical Issues in Race, Class, & Leadership Education


Critical Issues in Race, Class, and Leadership Education, or CIRCLE, is a seven-week educational leadership program focused on developing future Asian Pacific Islander community leaders through encouraging dialogues between students, connecting them to local community based organizations, and exploring both historic and contemporary Asian Pacific Islander issues and experiences in America. Since 1988, student participants have the opportunity to engage in discussions on social justice and various issues.

Students will participate in a two-hour session once a week, and each session will have an activity, speaker presentation, or film accompanied by student-led discussions. There are also site visits to various community based organizations near campus and a mandatory overnight retreat on November 17th – 18th.

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


Application link:

Application Process:
1. Complete the online application by 11:59 PM on September 7th, 2018.
2. An interview will be scheduled after the online application and resume are received and verified for completion. Please wait for a CIRCLE staff member to contact you shortly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call 213-740-4999.

Program Details

Overview of Weekly Topics:
Week 1 – Identity
Week 2 – APA History
Week 3 – Class & Immigration
Week 4 – Gender Identity
Week 5 – Sexuality
Week 6 – Race
Week 7 – Solidarity

Session Schedule:
Monday: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesday: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm-7:00pm

CIRCLE will start on October 1st, 2018 and end on November 16th, 2018.
A mandatory orientation will be held on Sunday, September 30th, 2018.
The mandatory retreat will be held on November 17-18th, 2018.

CIRCLE is a selective program.

Program Fee:
A $20 program fee is due by the end of the first session week. Program fee covers retreat costs. Cash and check are accepted. Please make the check payable to APASS.

Contact Information

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