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CIRCLE – Leadership Development


Critical Issues in Race, Class, and Leadership Education, or CIRCLE, is a seven-week educational leadership program. CIRCLE aims to develop future Asian Pacific Islander community leaders by 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. In the past, there have been site visits to various community based organizations near campus and a mandatory overnight retreat in the latter half of the semester.

CIRCLE runs 7 weeks in the Fall semester, with 3 sessions a week to choose from.

Program Details

CIRCLE participants gather for a photo after CIRCLE Retreat.


Important Dates

Orientation – September 24th

Week 1 – September 28th and 29th

Week 1 CIRCLE Up – September 30th*

Week 2 – October 5th and 6th

Week 3 – October 19th and 20th

Week 3 CIRCLE Up – October 21st*

Week 4 – October 26th and 27th

Week 5 – November 2nd and 3rd

Week 5 CIRCLE Up – November 4th*

Week 6 – November 9th and 10th

Week 7 – November 16th and 17th

Week 7 CIRCLE Up – November 18th*


The application for CIRCLE is open for Fall 2022. The deadline to apply is 11:59PM, September 11th.

 If you have any questions, please email