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UNM-Division for Equity and Inclusion Diversity Leadership Academy

As part of the newly conceived UNM Diversity Leadership Academy (DLA), an element of shared governance at UNM and a training ground for our future academic leaders, the Division for Equity and Inclusion provides faculty on our campus the opportunity to participate in an academic leadership program that focuses on diversity in higher education through which they become familiar with and participate in the workings of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion.

One faculty fellow will be selected for an initial term of one semester, renewable for two more semesters, to begin the Spring 2013 semester.  Through this program, DLA Fellows have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day activities of the Division for Equity and Inclusion, to participate in both short- and long-term strategic discussions at UNM, and to enhance their exposure to the diversity issue of higher education administration generally. More specifically, Fellows will:

  • Engage in a Mentor/Fellow relationship with the VP for Equity and Inclusion and other administrative leaders.
  • Participate in senior level decision-making meetings including taking on assignments and special projects.
  • Study how organizational structure and governance patterns enhance and support diversity.
  • Observe how decisions are made, who makes them, and how leaders communicate their decisions.
  • Observe the leadership styles of individuals in major administrative divisions (i.e. UNM President, Provost, VP for Equity and Inclusion, VP for Research & EVP for Administration), their effectiveness, how they interact with one another, and how they enhance and support diversity.
  • Schedule regular meetings with the VP for Equity and Inclusion to discuss specific questions, issues, or concerns. Fellows can help to shape their experience in this program by developing with their Mentors clear agendas for their meetings and discussions.
  • Establish clear work plans and deadlines for projects developed in their program.
  • A review of progress with written assessments will be conducted once per semester.
  • Identify and mentor future DLA Fellows. Nominate at least two individuals for the DLA by the end of the Fellowship.
  • At the end of the assignment, produce a report documenting their experiences, observations and recommendations.

How to Become an Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) Fellow

Nominees should submit a current CV accompanied by a two-three page letter of interest including:

  • Confirmation of UNM faculty status including a summary of recent scholarly achievements as they relate to diversity.
  • Description of interest in a future leadership role within the academic community, as it relates to enhancing and supporting diversity.
  • Discussion of a specific area of interest such as underrepresented student success, enhancing underrepresented faculty strength and program development, graduate education, research with underrepresented communities, global issues, financial challenges of higher education as they relate to diversity efforts, etc.

Up to three letters of reference/support should be submitted, at least one of which must be from an academic administrator (dean level or above) from outside UNM.


DLA Fellows will be eligible for a Special Administrative Component (SAC) and/or a course buy-out, depending on individual circumstances and travel funds to attend the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) conference.

Please note that fellows will be expected to respect the confidentiality of all information learned through the program.

Applications are due December 3, 2012 and should be sent to:

UNM Division for Equity and Inclusion
MSC05 3400, Scholes Hall, Room 240
Attn: Academic Leadership Academy

Questions: Contact Josephine “Jozi” De Leon jdeleon@unm.edu