Making an Impact
This is a 12-week virtual capstone program where youth leaders collaborate in a small group (1:8) and learn in real-world settings. Program Faculty and Capstone Advisor will share powerful tools and cross-cultural insight to guide you through impact re-design and solution development for nonprofits. In 2022, two Intercultural Capstone Projects will be offered - "The Voice of Gen Z: Reimagining Diversity, Equity & Inclusion" and "Global Exchange: Innovating STEM Talent Development."
Faculty & Capstone Advisors
Program Faculty (DEI Leadership): Ms. Parveen Dhillon, CEO of Orange Buzz Consulting, is a marketing executive and an award-winning children's book author with years of cross-cultural marketing and business management experience. She is an experienced influencer, marketer, and event planner for large companies and startups. A University of Virginia alum, Parveen is passionate about teaching young leaders to use their voice in effecting change and leading DEI.
Program Faculty (Global STEM): Dr. Pierre Lu is a celebrated UTRGV Professor, having authored extensive publications on educational practices and receiving the NSF Grand Award. His research covers a broad range of topics including investigations of how instructors can improve educational techniques for their students. Dr. Lu received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University, after earning his Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. He is a well-loved instructor, facilitating engaged learning and directed–research experiences.
Capstone Advisor: Dean Kevin Han, APSDG's Board President and Global SDG Leadership (GSL) Institute Dean, is a committed champion for ESG and US-Asia partnerships. A Stanford Law and NTU alum, Dean Han is a well-versed leader and scholar-practitioner in public affairs, digital laws and cross-country partnerships with over two decades of leadership experiences in the US and Asia Pacific region. Formerly a Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and an Institute Associate at Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian Institute, he is a tactical coalition builder to advance the US-Asia collaboration, resource sharing and funding support with extensive cross-sector networks and academic affiliations.
Program Size: 8 students maximum per project
Program Format: Virtual - Interactive Zoom Sessions (1.5 hours x 12 weeks)
Program Fees: US$2,100 Stand-Alone
Designed For: College Students & High School Leaders (16-24 y/o young adults)