Developmental Programs

Developmental programming has been established in Multicultural Services to assist students as they navigate and negotiate their social identities.  Social identities can include numerous individual characteristics, such as race, culture, gender, age, class, and sexual orientation among others.  Department programs assist students in recognizing their various identities, the intersection of those identities, as well as the impact of those identities as other people assess and make judgments based on those identities.

African American Student Leadership Institute (AASLI)

 Started in 2002, African American Student Leadership Institute (AASLI) is a semester‐long program for sophomores meeting cultural balancing needs from the social, historical, racial,  self‐concept, and integration contexts. Through collaboration between the National Pan‐Hellenic Council (NPHC), Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Department of Multicultural Services, AASLI offers developmental education and experimental learning aiding students in becoming knowledgeable and well-rounded leaders who model community involvement, effective problem solving abilities, personal accountability, and social consciousness

A class of AASLI consists of a maximum of 30 first semester sophomore students, a Coordinating Board of students, including Student Administrators and Student Coordinators.  AASLI was designed for students who have a genuine interest in Black/African American identity development.  Students must have been selected as a participant in their freshman year in order to pursue future leadership roles with AASLI.  Classes are guided and advised by two professional staff in the Department of Multicultural Services and Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.  Participant applications open in the spring and the student leadership roles open in the fall.

Following an assessment of departmental initiatives and commitments toward new division commitments across the collaborating units, it was determined to place AASLI on hold indefinitely.

AASLI 2014 Board

Advisor: Dr. Tonya Driver

Institute for the Development and Education of Asian American Leaders (IDEAAL)

IDEAAL is a student-directed year long developmental institute tailored for freshmen.  With a focus on the beneficial role of social networks and value of cultural identity. IDEAAL fosters opportunities to develop a sense of belonging on campus, increased insight into self, and development of leadership skills.   The institute also serves as a discussion forum focused on a multitude of issues and how they impact Asian American leadership styles.


Members of IDEAAL consist of directors, mentors and participants. Mentors are upperclassmen who have completed the IDEAAL program as participants and have an authentic interest in Asian American student growth and development.  Participants are freshmen and are selected to go through the year long program dealing with issues of identity, leadership, and culture as is pertains to Asian Americans.  Directors serve as the leadership of IDEAAL and facilitate the specifics of the program throughout the year.

Advisor: Diana Lee