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
  • February 17: Application deadline for participants and mentors
  • Early March: Applicants notified
  • March 15–19: Participants announced at Annual Conference
  • June 13–15: Closing the Gap Seminar, Columbus, Ohio (selected participants and mentors only)
  • June 15–19: Aspiring Directors Institute
  • July–January: Monthly virtual training and meetups
  • February 28–March 4, 2021: Program conclusion at Annual Conference, New York City
ELIGIBILITY, APPLICATION, AND COMMITMENT

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Currently serve in at least a mid-level management role
  • Are committed to engaging in the entirety of the program (through March 2021)
  • Are a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, LGBTQ+, and/or a person with a disability
  • Have demonstrated leadership
  • Aspire to a more senior role in higher education

Closing the Gap will begin with a seminar for participants adjacent to the Aspiring Directors Institute. As part of the application, please detail whether you will have institutional support or seek one of the following scholarship levels:

  • Transportation and Lodging Scholarship (airfare and residence hall lodging)
  • Program Fee Scholarship (Aspiring Directors Institute registration)
  • Full Scholarship (airfare, residence hall lodging, and registration fee for Aspiring Directors Institute)

The early registration fee for the Aspiring Directors Institute is $725.

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

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Participate in the Closing the Gap Seminar, June 13–15, 2020
  • Attend the Aspiring Directors Institute, June 15–19, 2020
  • 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

 

Questions? Contact Mia Pino in the ACUI Central Office.

Supporters

ACUI is seeking senior-level professionals to provide coaching, career sponsorship, and personal experiences with Closing the Gap participants throughout the program. These experienced professionals would:

  • Serve as educators-in-residence for the Closing the Gap Seminar, June 13-15 in Columbus, Ohio*
  • 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

*Ideally, supporters could stay for the duration of the Aspiring Directors Institute, June 15–19 to facilitate sessions. 


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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Expenses associated with serving in this role may be reimbursed in line with ACUI's policies.

Questions? Contact Mia Pino in the ACUI Central Office.