Building Community and Creating Connection: A Discussion for Asian Leaders in Higher Education


Make connections and build community with Asian higher education leaders.


Asian students, faculty, and staff continue to be underrepresented in higher education, and as we look at leadership positions, this gap widens further, with only 1% of college presidents identifying as Asian.

This discussion is designed to build community amongst Asian leaders, honor the broad range of cultures and experiences of leaders who identify as Asian, make space to discuss challenges and strategies for leadership success, and create new connections through networking and optional mentorship.

This program is the first in a two-part series. While this first program is designed intentionally for leaders who identify as Asian, the second session is intended for any leader interested in creating systemic change at their institution to better support Asian leaders.


Who Should Attend

Current and aspiring leaders interested in building community with other Asian leaders should attend.

While this first program is created intentionally for leaders who identify as Asian, any leader interested in creating systemic change at their institution to better support Asian leaders is invited to join us for the second session.

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts


Friday, April 14, 2023

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

    1. Because Asian leaders encompass a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, and lived experiences, this program will kick off with the goal of building connections and celebrating the many interests and affinity groups present. Attendees will drive the topics of conversation with the goal of sharing and learning from others’ challenges and successes in higher education leadership.
    2. Next, we’ll provide an opportunity to share your wish list for how you wish institutions would better support Asian leaders. This part of the discussion will help inform a training designed specifically for leaders looking to create more inclusive and equitable campuses for Asian faculty and staff.
    3. Finally, we’ll invite participants to explore how they can continue to build connections throughout their leadership journeys through both networking and mentorship. We will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in serving as a mentor or looking for a mentor to make a connection.


Portrait of Christie Chung

Christie Chung, PhD

Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship, and Partnerships, Special Advisor to the Senior Vice President on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Professor of Psychology

Christie Chung, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship, and Partnerships at Mills College at Northeastern University. She leads research and experiential learning relationships, develops and manages external research grants and funding opportunities, and cultivates new partnerships. Chung also serves as the Special Advisor on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to the Senior Vice President for Global Network and Strategic Initiatives. Previous to her current roles, Chung served as the Associate Provost for Student Success and Undergraduate Education at Mills College and supported all functions of academic success, faculty hiring, tenure, and promotion processes, as well as Antiracism and DEI efforts.

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