Representation of 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.

Closing the Gap aims to create a cohort of participants and supporters that will form meaningful relationships where counter narratives of experiences and successes are shared and valued. It is our hope that Closing the Gap participants and supporters form a coalition that boosts representation in the field of higher education and removes the silos of marginalized groups present in social justice work.

Meet the 2020 Cohort
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