What we heard from stakeholders

We facilitated listening sessions across the country to solicit input and ideas from stakeholders who are committed to diversifying the research workforce across all fields and sectors. Through these energizing discussions with representatives from higher education, private industry and government we have identified the key points below to consider for the Leadership Alliance 2020 Strategic Plan. We updated this list after every listening session and used these themes to develop our goals and vision statement.

Key themes and Discussion Points:

  • Develop a mechanism to support regional and national professional networks at all education and career levels
  • Utilize resources at minority-serving institutions to develop additional undergraduate research opportunities
  • Develop a membership model that includes government, industry, professional societies, and non-profit organizations
  • Coordinate efforts across programs and organizations to leverage resources, broaden awareness of available opportunities, and share best practices
  • Convene and participate in policy discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion at institutional and national levels
  • Create career planning resources and training to support educational and career transitions
  • Develop institutional resources to build solutions for diversity, equity and inclusion for students and faculty
  • Expose diverse groups of students to a broad array of research careers as early as possible

Updated February 2, 2019

Read Our 2010-2020 Strategic Plan

The Leadership Alliance is a successful pipeline model that systematically mentors talented underrepresented and underserved individuals at all stages of the higher education pipeline into positions in academia, the public and private sectors, offering support at each step of the academic pathway. The collective and dedicated efforts of the Leadership Alliance Institutional and Program Coordinators have contributed significantly to the development of a competitive and diverse workforce. A continued investment in the Leadership Alliance is essential to transforming the culture, values, and practices of our institutions to make diversity a valued part of the academic landscape and, through the production of high-quality, multi-disciplinary scholars, to diversify the base of faculty in the academy and leaders in the public and private sectors. To move us well beyond the accomplishments we have achieved thus far, the Leadership Alliance community has invested its rich intellectual capacity to establish new standards of excellence informed by ambitious goals and clearly-defined strategic actions and outcomes. With the combined, unified efforts of its coordinators and stakeholders, the Leadership Alliance has embarked on the development and implementation of a new strategic direction: A Decade of Distinction.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.

Vision Statement

By 2020, the Leadership Alliance will become the nation’s preeminent consortium for academic diversity.

Strategic Plan Goals

The following goals are essential to defining the strategic direction of the Leadership Alliance:

  • Goal 1: Develop a Prepared Talent Pool for the 21st Century Workforce
  • Goal 2: Expand the Cadre of New Doctoral Scholars
  • Goal 3: Sustain Institutional Commitment to Diversity
  • Goal 4: Manage the Consortium Partnership Effectively
  • Goal 5: Advance the Visibility and Reputation of the Consortium

The strategic goals outlined in this plan articulate a bold vision for the Leadership Alliance that will serve to guide our efforts over the next decade. Implementation of this plan will require a sustained investment to achieve the intended outcomes of advancing diversity and institutional transformation.A Decade of Distinction, therefore, continues the Alliance vision to train, to mentor and to inspire a diverse and competitive 21st century workforce!

Read the full strategic plan here. 

Contributors to the Strategic Plan

Collaboration is critical to the work of the Leadership Alliance. Each step in this strategic planning process has been designed to gather and incorporate ideas from our community. We appreciate all of our stakeholders who contributed to the development of the strategic plan by attending a listening session or the strategy retreat.

We invited stakeholders from all sectors and career levels to our listening sessions. The graph above represents the number of individuals from each group. Trainees include undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.

A full list of participants from the Strategy Retreat is below.

Earnestine Baker, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Herman Beavers, University of Pennsylvania
Carina Beck, Montana State University
Peter Bruns, The Leadership Alliance External Advisory Board
Don Brunson, Vanderbilt University
Meredith Canode, University of Colorado Boulder
Raquel Castellanos, University of Pennsylvania
Celina Chatman Nelson, Columbia University
Regina Dixon-Reeves, University of Chicago
Michael Gaines, University of Miami
Karina Gonzalez Herrera, Harvard University
Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez, Princeton University
Ja’Wanda Grant, Xavier University of Louisiana
Mark Hernandez, University of Colorado
George Hill, The Leadership Alliance External Advisory Board
Kimberly Jackson, Spelman College
Amanda Marie James, Emory University
Marcus Jones, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Steve Lee, Stanford University
Caryl McFarlane, The Leadership Alliance External Advisory Board
Ashton Murray, New York University
Cynthia Neal Spence, Spelman College
Damani Piggott, Johns Hopkins University
Danjuma Quarless, AbbVie Inc
Muthakrishna Raja, Claflin University
Irelene Ricks, Keystone Symposia
Laurie Risner, University of Chicago
Darlene Saporu, Johns Hopkins University
Nancy Schwartz, University of Chicago
Rochelle Smith, Washington University in St. Louis
Laurel Southard, Cornell University
Denzil Streete, Yale University
Natalie Strobach, Johns Hopkins University
Naoko Tanese, NYU School of Medicine
Sheila Thomas, Harvard University,
Susanne Tranguch, NYU School of Medicine
Rayna Truelove, Princeton University
Claire Wright, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Winona Wynn, Heritage University