Representation of traditionally marginalized identities decreases in the upper ranks for higher education.

This new career advancement program aims to help close that gap by developing a cohort of mid-level professionals pursuing senior leadership roles and connecting them to experienced supporters.

The inaugural participant class will be notified in March. Applications for senior-level professionals willing to support the program are still being accepted.

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Objectives:
  • Facilitate peer networking across identities
  • Enhance visibility of leaders from marginalized identities within ACUI
  • Support professional development of aspiring directors
  • Provide opportunities for cross-generational learning
  • Increase potential employers' access to a diverse pool of talented leaders

 

Timeline
ELIGIBILITY, APPLICATION, AND COMMITMENT

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Participate in Closing the Gap virtual components in conjunction with the virtual Aspiring Directors Institute Virtual Seminar Series.
  • Serve as an ACUI volunteer prior to completion of the program (e.g., as a contributor)
  • Actively engage with peers and mentors between July and February
  • Anticipate attending the ACUI Annual Conference in New York City, February 28–March 1, 2021

ACUI is no longer accepting participant applications. For more information, please contact Mia Pino.

Supporters

Senior-level professionals will provide coaching, career sponsorship, and personal experiences with Closing the Gap participants throughout the program. These experienced professionals would:

  • Actively engage in coaching Closing the Gap participants from July–February through personal interaction (e.g., phone call, coffee at a conference, Zoom meeting)
  • Facilitate one of the monthly training opportunities available for participants 
  • Contribute to at least two other monthly training opportunities available for participants
  • Anticipate attending the ACUI Annual Conference in New York City, February 28–March 1, 2021
  • Enhance visibility of leaders from marginalized identities within ACUI

Applications and nominations are encouraged from professionals or recently retired individuals who:

  • Have been in the profession at least 10 years or have achieved a vice president/director title
  • Are a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, LGBTQ+, and/or a person with a disability

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