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Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Joanna Royce-Davis

First Committee Member

Sandra Mahoney

Second Committee Member

Daniel Shipp


This thesis explored how involvement in Asian ethnic-identity based organizations affected stud~nts' racial identity development and leadership development. There were five Asian ethnic-identity based organizations in this study; each organization served as a case and together created a collective case study. Participants for this study were the Asian American students in the five organizations. The conceptual framework included Input- Environment Outcome model, Student Involvement theory, Asian American Identity Development model, and Leadership Identity Development model.

Involvement in Asian ethnic-identity based organizations contributed to a more positive perception of one's racial/ethnic identity. Students had greater cultural exploration and commitment to their ethnic identity. Involvement positively contributed to development of leadership identity specifically greater leadership self-efficacy and the ability to collaborate. The study provided insights into how the practice of leadership was affected by organizational structure and membership level. Ethnic-identity based organizations were the venues where students found an inclusive, supportive and encouraging community that fostered racial identity development. Eventually, these students assumed leadership responsibilities to spread cultural awareness and developed other student leaders to sustain their community. Discussed were the implications for practice and future research.



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