Nominations for 2020 Inclusive Leaders Academy Program Now Open

Program to Welcome Fourth Cohort of Culture Champions

Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEI) is now seeking nominations for the fourth cohort of the Inclusive Leaders Academy.

Launched in 2017 by IDEI’s Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement (SDIE) unit, the Inclusive Leaders Academy fills the needs of campus managers – or “Culture Champions” – for career and leadership development. Its goal is to build a leadership community that will positively shape the campus culture through modeling inclusive excellence.

“Our vision for the upcoming cohort is that the program will provide leaders the space to be reflective and engage proactively in practicing skills to enhance their leadership ability, realize their potential, and more,” said Pearl Alexander, executive director of SDIE and co‐founder of the program.

Curriculum content for the program is curated from the NeuroLeadership Institute on the neuroscience of teams, unconscious bias, and research on inclusion. The 2020 cohort will also study “Dare to Lead,” written by and based on the research of Brené Brown, New York Times bestselling author.

“We are looking forward to engaging a cohort of up to 100 leaders in this highly interactive experience,” added Cheryl Cofield, director of SDIE's Inclusion and Engagement and program co-founder.

The Inclusive Leaders Academy program is designed for those who supervise others as direct reports (including deans, associate deans, school chairs, vice presidents, executive directors, senior directors, directors, and department heads); and leaders of large-scale programs or projects (including program and project managers, communications managers, executive assistants, administrative managers, staff council leaders, diversity council leaders, and employee resource group leads).

Nominations, including self-nominations, for the 2020 cohort will be accepted through Friday, December 20.

For more information and to nominate, visit the program's website.

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  • Inclusive Leaders Academy "Culture Champions" gather at the 2019 program closing

  • Program co-directors Cheryl Cofield (l) and Pearl Alexander (r)

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Courtney Hill
Communications Manager
Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion