USC Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership

The Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership promotes innovative education opportunities that prepare emerging leaders to meet the challenges facing the Pacific Rim’s future. The center's activities align closely with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work's mission to strengthen communities by fostering robust leadership through training, cross-disciplinary networking and research programs.

Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) Fellowship Program

The Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) Fellowship Program promotes civic leadership among successful second generation Korean-Americans. Fellows, representing a broad swath of professions, participate in monthly weekend leadership training workshops, interact with distinguished speakers and spearhead community-oriented group projects during the six-month program. The experiences are designed to provide participants with the mindset and tools they need to expand their professional networks, build coalitions, communicate effectively and lead transformation, while defining their own multi-faceted role as a Korean-American leader.

National Leadership Network for Korean-American Leaders

The Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) Gala and Summit convenes prominent Korean-Americans from business, education, entertainment, non-profits, politics and social innovation to recognize the achievements of Korean-Americans and the pivotal role the next generation of leaders will play. The invitation-only NetKAL Summit engages Korean-American influencers in dialogue, networking and peer-to-peer learning, with roundtables focusing on Asian-American community empowerment initiatives.

Community Needs-Focused Research Programs

In 2007, the center conducted the first large-scale national study of the Korean-American community in the United States. With support from the Overseas Koreans Foundation and the Korea Daily newspaper, the center surveyed more than 4,000 Korean-Americans, gathering data for researchers and community organizations to pursue resources for the development of social services in the Korean-American community.  The center has also completed several community research surveys, including transnational surveys on topics such as Korean-language schools in the United States and Korean-American networks.

Professional Programs for Policymakers and Community Leaders

Since its inception, the center has provided educational training modules for leaders of social service agencies and non-profit organizations, hosted seminars for delegations of politicians and policymakers, including the Korean Presidential Commission on Policy Planning, and conducted two separate symposiums on telecommunication regulations in partnership with the USC Center for Communications Law and Policy. The center's professional programs are targeted to Asian policymakers and non-profit sector leaders with intensive custom-designed modules that emphasize innovative leadership education and training, site visits and professional exchanges.

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