The Leadership Education for APIDA Development (LEAD) conference aims to support and advocate for the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community through the following objectives:
- An opportunity for APIDA students to come together to enhance their collegiate experience by fostering identity growth and leadership development.
- To empower and unite APIDA students to create social change by bridging the identity and leadership gap often seen in the APIDA community.
- Focus on helping students understand the importance of connecting their personal values (values based leadership) to create societal change (social change model) while instilling confidence as an APIDA student leader.
The LEAD conference's mission is recognized by the Texas A&M Multicultural Services. See what they have to say about the LEAD conference:
"The conference theme is 'Setting the Standard,' which coincides with the brand new APC initiative. The organization sought to create a conference that not only celebrates its diversity, but to also give students a way to network as leaders who often experience campus life through a different lens.
'Though APIDA students are the fastest growing ethnic group at Texas A&M, many students feel that there still aren’t enough resources for them on campus. People also often overlook the APIDA community as a minority group,' said APC vice president Jessica Hsu. 'We want APIDA students to know that leadership resources are available to them and for them to have a self-realization of who they are and what they want to do in life.' "
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