May 21, 2015

Apply for the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI)!

The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI) was founded in 2011 with the vision of building the leadership capacity of community leaders and of building collaborative alliances and partnerships among Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities to address racial and ethnic disparities. The Institute is led by Immigrant and Refugee Community/Asian Family Center (IRCO/Asian Family Center) in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). It is one of six culturally-specific leadership programs funded by the Meyer Memorial Trust through the Coalition of Communities of Color.

These leadership programs are a response to the pervasive racial and ethnic inequities faced by communities of color here in Oregon. Within the context of culture, each leadership program empowers and makes visible communities of color, immigrants and refugees, expands the pathways for social inclusion, increases civic engagement and networking in communities of color, and builds culturally-specific social capital.

Our innovative leadership program uses a popular education model in its leadership skills curriculum to engage and empower community leaders. With staff support, Fellows have the opportunity of working in teams based on their expertise to design and facilitate these workshops.

As a Fellow, you will join a diverse cohort in 8-months of workshops, networking opportunities and leadership skills building training. This program is offered in English, and is free for accepted participants.


  • Applications must be received by Saturday, June 30, 2015
  • The program year begins September 2015 and ends April 2016 with 8 required attendance sessions
  • 15 applicants will be selected and graduates will join our Senior Fellow network
  • The program is free for accepted participants and is valued at $5,000 per person

Seeking Prospective API-CLI Fellows Who Have:

  • Interest and readiness to speak out and build an API advocacy voice
  • Interest and readiness to address racial and ethnic inequities
  • Hold accountable relationships with an API community
  • Value alliance building with/among other API communities and communities of color

Click here to download the application, or apply online here!

For more information please contact:

Sophorn Cheang, Project Director / 971-271-6501
Chiao-Yun (Anny) Hsiao, Project Coordinator / 971-271-6528
Kara Carmosino, Training Manager / 971-340-4861