Academic Leadership Institute Cultivates DEI in Higher Education Leaders
UM’s Center for Social Solutions is part of an effort to address issues of representation, belonging, and retention along the path to leadership in higher education.
The Academic Leadership Institute is a partnership between CSS and The New School, helping to cultivate a network of emerging leaders, including professors of color, committed to diversity, equity and inclusion through a series of webinars and a selective residential program.
Information from the American Council on Education’s 2017 Minority Presidents Report found that college and university presidents are still predominantly white and male. A 2020 report found that only 13% of higher education executives belong to racially and ethnically diverse groups, which lags behind student enrollment and the US population.
Despite increased institutional monetary pledges and DEI strategic plans in recent years, many elite colleges and universities have paradoxically seen professors of color leave due to unsupportive environments.
In addition to the changing academic landscape resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests for racial justice and equity, professors of color face unique leadership barriers and hurdles that raise questions like that: “What does it mean to bring your whole being? every day as a leader? »
ALI mobilizes conversations to prepare the next generation of institutional leaders with a tailored curriculum that fosters individual and organizational diversity and transformation. It is distinguished from other leadership bootcamps by its inclusion of DEI in all aspects of the program as well as the many DEI engagement records of participants.
“We aim to prepare the next generation of academic leaders to take on critical leadership roles in higher education,” said Earl Lewis, co-founder of ALI, professor emeritus of history, African-American and African studies. and Public Policy Thomas C. Holt. as well as founding director of CSS at UM.
“Our inaugural class included 22 leaders from liberal arts colleges, public and private universities, and historically black colleges and universities. This year’s cohort is just as diverse.
“Unlike most instructional leadership programs, this one focuses on more than the mechanics of leadership. We invite participants to share their vulnerabilities, empower themselves, and center the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.
The objectives of the Academic Leadership Institute are:
- Create a space where diversity, equity, access and inclusion are core values.
- Build a space of affirmation in which participants can quickly transition to a place of professional intimacy and collaboration around shared values and vision for higher education.
- Launch a leadership movement focused on cultivating talent, networking and sourcing.
- Generate a shared vision to transform higher education and develop individuals capable of making this change.
- Working to uplift individuals and transform institutions.
Program participants learn from current and past leaders in positions ranging from university presidents, chancellors, and provosts to adjacent academic positions such as philanthropic leaders and general counsels.
This year’s residential program will run from July 31 to August 31. 4 at Swarthmore College. Although the application period is closed for the 2022 program, applications for the 2023 cohort will be available in November on the ALI website.
Gathering 2022 speakers will include:
- Dwight A. McBride, president and college professor at The New School, and co-founder of ALI.
- Johnetta Betsch Cole, President Emeritus of Spelman and Bennett Colleges.
- Jonathan Holloway, president of Rutgers University.
- Mildred Garcia, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
- Félix Rodríguez, chancellor of the CUNY system.
- Reginald DesRoches, president-elect of Rice University.
- Marvin Krislov, President of Pace University and former UM General Counsel.
- Lynn Wooten, president of Simmons College and former associate dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
- Erika James, dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.