Leadership & Mentoring

Leadership Development Programs

Women’s Asian American Leadership Initiative (WAALI)

Through structured weekly conversation over the course of the fall semester, the Women’s Asian American Leadership Initiative provides a small group of 2nd and 3rd year women the chance to share and learn strategies for personal and professional success as Asian Pacific American women at UVA and beyond. For more information about becoming involved in WAALI, contact the WAALI Facilitators or Marc Paulo Guzman.

Sessions will be on Mondays for 7 weeks beginning on September 30th and ending November 18th(excluding Fall Break)  from 7-8:30. Please apply only if you can make all of the sessions.

Apply Here by 12PM on Tuesday, September 17th!

All applications, along with a snapshot of you, are due to Waalifacs@virginia.edu

Asian Pacific American Leadership Training Institute (APALTI)

APALTI is a student facilitated, culturally aware leadership development program designed to build confidence, enhance competence and strengthen connectedness among a selected group of first and second-year Asian and Asian Pacific American students at UVa. By helping these students discover their personal leadership style, the program aims to increase participation of A/APA’s in community wide leadership roles.

1st and 2nd year students can apply to participate in the program by completing an online application which will be available early October. Group interviews will take place shortly after the application is due and applicants will then be notified of their selection.

For more information, please contact the APALTI Facilitators at afacs@virginia.edu.

Asian Leaders Council (ALC)

The ALC serves as a gathering for the leaders of all Asian/Asian Pacific American student groups, with the expressed purpose of not only planning events with one another but also discussing any issues currently or potentially affecting the A/APA community. For more information, please contact  Nikoe Navarro (nan6hd@virginia.edu), Asian Student Union Vice President of Organizations.

DiAPAson Leadership Training

DiAPAson was first held in the spring of 2002, arising from the disparity in leadership experiences among the newly elected leaders of the numerous Asian/Asian Pacific American student organizations at UVa. DiAPAson serves as a half-day retreat for executive board members of organizations, highlighting all the resources UVa. has to offer student leaders. This event also provides team building activities in order to create and nurture relationships among student leaders to facilitator collaboration in the future, particularly within the context of the Asian Leaders Council.

Peer Mentoring Programs

Peer Advising Family Network (PAFN)

PAFN is one of the largest and most diverse A/APA organizations at the University of Virginia and is a pan-ethnic, multicultural program that helps incoming Asian/Asian Pacific American students with their transition into college. This peer mentoring program is geared towards providing incoming students with advisors who serve as mentors as well as an excellent source of information on life at UVa.

Incoming 1st year and upperclass transfer students can apply to be a PAFN advisee during the summer prior to their arrival at UVa. Advisees are paired with 2 upperclass advisors and form a small “family” with a few other advisees. These students along with their families join other members of PAFN and get together for various activities and events throughout the year.

For more information, please email: the PAFN Executive Board or Marc Paulo Guzman.

Interested in applying to be a PAFN Advisor?


Thank you for your interest in being an advisor for the  Peer Advising Family Network (PAFN). The application process for this upcoming school year has been completed. Please come back here early in the spring semester for more information about the application process for the following school year.

If, in the mean time, you have any questions about the application process or have questions about PAFN, email the PAFN Executive board at uvapafn@gmail.com .