NYU A/P/A BRIDGE 2017-18 Application
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Mission Statement
A/P/A BRIDGE was created by Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) student leaders through the A/P/A Institute at NYU to cultivate “Asian/Pacific American” as a political identity, by doing the following:

-Creating a space for fostering open dialogue and activism around issues of race and racism, culture, and identity

-Exploring the diversity and complexity of Asian/Pacific America in relation to other social identities (e.g., ability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, religion/spirituality, sexuality, class)

-Educating and empowering individuals to inspire social change

-Building A/PA leaders to bridge communities within NYU and beyond

Diversity Statement
A/P/A BRIDGE seeks to include a diverse group of student leaders from various backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, spirituality, academic study, and class). Applicants with a range of experiences are encouraged to apply. A/PA heritage is not required, but an interest in issues affecting A/PA communities is key. Be honest with your answers, keeping responses to within 250 words per question. Interviews (by phone or in person) may be conducted.
Program Objectives & Timeline
1) APPLY: Applications are due Friday, September 15, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. Interviews, if needed, will take place between September 14-16, and decision notifications made by Sunday, September 17.

2) COMMIT: By submitting an application, you commit to participating in A/P/A BRIDGE for the duration of the program: September 2017 – May 2018 for approximately 4-6 hours/week. Applicants are encouraged to attend the A/P/A BRIDGE information session on Monday, September 11, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the A/P/A Institute (8 Washington Mews). Email apa.institute@nyu.edu if you plan to attend.

3) ORIENTATION: A mandatory two-hour orientation for accepted students will take place the week of September 25, 2017 (date and time TBD).

4) RETREAT – 3 days, 3 nights: Friday night, October 6 – Monday morning, October 9, 2017. This MANDATORY weekend retreat will take place at Bailey Farms (www.baileyfarms.org) during Fall Recess (there are no classes Monday, October 9). It creates time and space for the new A/P/A BRIDGE cohort to learn and develop leadership, organizing, and facilitation skills; reflect upon issues of race, ethnicity, and identity; and bond as a group.

5) FORMAT: Post-retreat, the group meets weekly to learn about and discuss various A/PA issues, and implement organizing, facilitation, and leadership skills. This learning comes by way of:

-A/P/A BRIDGE-organized field trips
-Self-led or special guest presentations
-Mandatory attendance to at least two A/P/A Institute events per semester (see events calendar at apa.nyu.edu)

Weekly meeting participation is mandatory and serves as a time to brainstorm and develop the public events or projects to be held for the larger community throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.

Questions?
Email Laura Chen-Schultz at apa.institute@nyu.edu

Why join A/P/A BRIDGE?
Hear from former A/P/A BRIDGE members about the skills, knowledge, and community A/P/A BRIDGE provided them.
Application
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NYU ID#:
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School & Year:
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Area of Study/Major/Minor:
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Ethnicity:
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Name & Location of High School Attended:
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Phone Number:
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E-mail:
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List your involvement in extracurricular activities, including your position:
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What are your most salient identities?
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How has your identity impacted your experience at NYU and beyond?
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What interests you most about the mission and/or agenda of A/P/A BRIDGE?
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What do you hope to gain from being a part of A/P/A BRIDGE?
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Describe an issue or a cause that you think the NYU community needs to address:
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What applicable skills (e.g., facilitation, organizing, public speaking, social media, graphic design) and knowledge would you bring to A/P/A BRIDGE?
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How did you hear about A/P/A BRIDGE?
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Availability for weekly meetings (please fill out the Doodle poll):
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