Past LIA Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Interns, and Blogs


2014 LIA Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Interns


2013 LIA CBOs / Interns


2012 LIA CBOs / Interns


2011 LIA CBOs / Interns


2010 LIA CBOs / Interns

  • TCSC / Rhommel Canare (UCLA)
  • Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) / Monique Chhoeun (Cal State, Long Beach)
  • LEAP / Lina Chung (UCLA)
  • SIPA / Lance Kanamori (Cerritos College)
  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG) / Katherine Lebioda (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
  • API Equality – Los Angeles / Albert Lee (UCLA)
  • EPIC / Amaris Leiataua (UC Berkeley)
  • Korean Resource Center (KRC) / Kelley Lowe (USC)

Community Impact Projects

2014 Group Project

The 2014 LIA group project consisted of two related components.  

1. A webisode series.  

The prompt for the webisodes was: "Create a video for your younger self.  What do you know now that you wish you knew then?"  These videos will be released early in 2015.  

2. A workshop for high school students.  

In partnership with Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, the LIA interns delivered a workshop to 15 high school youth where they shared information about applying for college, what to expect when at college, and how to look for scholarships and financial aid.  The interns also shared a trailer for their webisode series, which touched upon topics that would resonate with the students.

Below is the trailer for their webisode series:

Link to Past Leadership In Action CBOs, Interns, Blogs, and Community Impact Project

To date, the LIA program has graduated 139 interns, representing 55 colleges and universities from across the country. The interns have served in 43 community-based organizations in the Southern California area.


2013 Group Project

The 2013 Group Project was a photo exhibition documenting the stories of different members in the API community. Each photograph featured a direct quote about each individual’s immigration story. The exhibit was seen by over 150 people. Audience members were encouraged to post their own immigration stories onto the exhibit. These photographs were show in Thai Town and LIttle Tokyo, Los Angeles.

2012 Group Project
For their group project, the 2012 Leadership In Action Interns created the following short film entitled Three Letters.Three Letters is a short film which was created to empower the Asian and Pacific Islander community by addressing API self-identity. This short film aims to inspire API people to care about/ become more involved in their communities, come together to fight for social justice, and combat invisibility and marginalization in American mainstream society and discourse.


2011 Group Project
Model My voice
Vision:  Providing a collective space for our API communities to express our identities and explore OURstories in order to raise awareness about issues affecting our communities from the past, through the present and to the future.

2010 Group Project
Locating APA Today
Shifting borders. People in motion. Everyday experiences. What do these mean? How are they remembered? Locating Asian Pacific America Today is a Web 2.0 project created by and for Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) to preserve and share our experiences and histories.

In Summer 2010, the LEAP Leadership in Action internship program expanded upon an existing APA oral history collection ( to create an ongoing repository of stories and histories as captured through art. Members of the APA community were invited to submit artwork in response to a single prompt: “What does your API identity mean to you?”

2009 LIA Group Project:
Locating Ourselves in History (LOIH):  An Asian American Oral History Project  /

The LOIH project is a unique online platform that allows Asian Pacific Islander Americans to share their personal stories and place them within a larger framework of Asian Pacific Islander American history.

2005 LIA Group Project
The Handoff Book:   A Strategy Guide for API Leaders