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Identity and Leadership Program

Preparing diverse faculty for academic leadership

About the I-LEAD Program

The Identity and Leadership (I-LEAD) pilot program prepares faculty for academic leadership by holding
space for reflection
on their intersectional identities and experiences. Cohort participants will also consider the broader institutional systems and structures that may influence access to leadership opportunities and perceptions of leadership effectiveness.

All full-time faculty who have worked at Rutgers University at least 3 years AND are aspiring or current academic leaders are encouraged to apply.

Please note that the application deadline for the inaugural Spring 2024 cohort has passed. Email with any questions.

What makes this leadership program different?

Once accepted into the program, faculty will have the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on their identity, positionality, and leadership journey.
  • Create strategies to address the unique challenges they may face on the path to academic leadership.

In addition, faculty build leadership capacity for:

  • Engaging across differences and increasing confidence in their leadership.
  • Promoting inclusion in leadership through a deeper understanding of how bias along visible and invisible identities may impact this journey.
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Program Components

The I-LEAD pilot program consists of:

interactive workshops

(2 in-person, 1 virtual)

success circles

(peer mentorship)

leadership coaching session

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