Northeastern University Growth and Opportunity for Asian American Leaders is a program specifically designed for first and second year Asian American students seeking to gain experience and empower themselves as leaders at Northeastern University and beyond. A cohort of students will be chosen based on their potential as future leaders and need for leadership development. This seven week program will focus on the intersection of leadership and Asian American racial identity through discussions and projects. It will be facilitated by current Asian American student leaders and AAC staff.

Applications for the program are available here. Applications are due Monday, September 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm.

NUGOAL will take place for seven weeks during the Fall Semester.  Applicants must be undergraduates in their first or second year at Northeastern University.

Learning Outcomes

-Students will be able to define leadership in relationship to their own racial identity.

-Students will be able to describe their leadership strengths.

-Students will be able to employ their leadership style and strengths in their daily lives.

-Students will be able to analyze leadership in the Asian American community.

-Students will be able to propose a meaningful intervention for building Asian American leadership capacity.

-Students will be able to assess the need for leadership development within the Asian American community at Northeastern.


NUGOAL Facilitators

Melanie Chu

Hometown: Monroe Township, NJ

Major: Marketing & Interactive Media

Melanie Chu is a fourth-year senior with a dual major in Marketing and Interactive Media from12967954_10154031652660050_4895837060939174863_o
Monroe Township, New Jersey.  Over the past years at Northeastern she has been drawn to the Asian American community and the rich opportunities it has to offer.  Her involvement began when she took on the role of Co-Performance Coordinator for Barkada her sophomore year.  This later encouraged her to become a PAAC At-Large Representative and also an AASIA mentor.  Through all of these programs she has been able to develop her own leadership abilities, meet an unlimited amount of driven individuals, and hopes to apply her experiences this upcoming year as an NUGOAL Facilitator.  Don't be surprised if you find Melanie gulping down a large coffee in Snell at late hours of the night or busting a move, whether it's with her dance team, Kinematix, or alone on the street on her way to class.

Brandon Nguyen

Hometown: Lexington, MA Brandon Nguyen

Major: Biology

Brandon first joined Northeastern as part of the NUin program in 2013 after graduating from Lexington High School, where he was a part of the Quiz Bowl team as well as his environmental science team. He did not join Northeastern's Asian American community until his second year, but quickly found a place within it. 

Since then, Brandon has become heavily involved in the Asian American community and has served on executive board for the Chinese Student Association as well as being a peer mentor as a part of Asian American Students in Action. Due to these experiences, Brandon decided to apply for the position of NUGOAL facilitator. He hopes to bring his experience as a student leader and be able to help incoming and current APIDA students develop into student leaders as well.

When he is not in class or on co-op, Brandon enjoys finding new places to eat with his friends or spending time to catch up on his sleep after a hard day's work. In his spare time, he enjoys trying to combine random food ingredients to make food to sustain himself. 

Liane Wong

Hometown: Brookline, MA LW

Major: Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering

After graduating from Brookline High School in 2012, Liane Wong came to Northeastern University with the hopes of pursuing a degree in STEM. Before attending Northeastern, Liane was involved with her high school's Asian Pacific American Club as well as Chinatown's Boston Chinese Drum and Dulcimer Ensemble.

Liane has remained dedicated to the APIDA community through her leadership roles at Northeastern. She has been an active member and leader in the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers and has held Co-Chair positions in some of the AAC's programs such as AASIA and Asian American Heritage Week. Liane's drive to remain an consistent leader and participant in the APIDA community stems from her desire to strengthen the community through knowledge and friendship.

In her free time, Liane enjoys sketching, watching anime under 20 episodes long, and watching live music shows. 

Brian Zhu

Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA Brian Zhu Pic

Major: Political Science

Brian Zhu is a fourth year Political Science major with a concentration in Secuirty Studies from Diamond Bar, California. Brian came to Northeastern after his first semester in the NUin Program in 2013, and upon arrival he was drawn to the Asian American community on campus. There, he found new friends and a place he could call his home away from home.

Brian has been  active in the  Asian American community by being part of the Chinese Student Association, where he has been on the executive board for three years and now serves as its president. Brian has also been involved with AASIA, or Asian American Students in Action, by participating as a peer mentor. Now, as a NUGOAL facilitator, Brian hopes to help shape the next generation of Asian American leaders.

In his spare time, Brian likes to do photography, stream video games, and play musical instruments.


NUGOAL Participants

Anisa Anuar

Michelle Chan

Lauren Burke

Jason Chin

Katherine (Kay) Chow

Thomas Cotugno

Timmie Dong

Bon Jae Koo

Diana Le

Kathleen Le

Alec Li

Ashley Liang

Kiara Masaoy

Ziliang Ruan

Mirai Sahara

Ryan Tan

Anthony Tran

Fiona Tran

Maia Valdepenas-Mellor

Annie Xue

Kevin Yu

Jennifer Zhang