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.

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