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New Leadership Academy Fellows Program

The New Leadership Academy Fellows Program (NLA) is a partnership between the University of Utah and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). NLA was previously hosted by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good (National Forum) at the University of Michigan. 

The NLA curriculum and learning objectives draw upon traditional leadership theory and contemporary scholarship that investigate the roles of leaders under highly contested and complex conditions. Fellows will participate in tailored programs and activities, which include online learning modules and discussions, an interactive case study simulation, written reflections, and coaching sessions throughout the Fellowship.

Upon completion, NLA Fellows will:

  • Recognize the challenges inherent in meeting the responsibilities associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion as overarching concerns in U.S. colleges and universities.
  • Acquire sophistication in re-envisioning values and institutional imperatives that translate into dynamic, focus-driven strategies for higher education organizations.
  • Gain specialized knowledge and tools necessary to provide highly effective leadership within and outside complex institutional settings.

Higher education leaders of the future will need 




How do viruses spread?

What laws govern allegations of a campus crime?

Does free speech include anything the speaker really believes to be true?

It once was expected that college and university leaders would have standing within an academic discipline or demonstrate expert knowledge in an area of professional expertise. While that still matters, now we recognize that leaders must also understand how knowledge is created, communicated and translated to different people and into different situations.

Leaders are quick and constant learners.

How is it that a few people seem to translate huge volumes of information into meaning, allowing allows others to act?

Why do people see things so differently based on their sense of status?

How do leaders establish a sense of inclusion while at the same time increasing and making full use of diversity within their organizations?

Tools have long been mechanical devices, measured in their ability to harness nature, replace horses, and eventually even to replace human labor. Tools were made to make things, move things and speed things. 21st century tools are needed to make meaning and to move individuals, groups and institutions to act on the threats and opportunities that surround them.

Leaders only survive if they understand and use tools essential to the leadership process.

Is it a risk or a gift?

How can leaders nurture the courage of those around them and spread it through their organization?

Many of us are aware that the demands on a leader increase with every step in advancement and responsibility. While it begins with a commitment to values and a strong sense of integrity, courage is also a capacity that must be exercised and stretched---it is not an abstraction and it is not momentary, or something to be consulted and brought out at a decisive, heroic moment.

Courage is now.

Meet the NLA Team

Amy Fulton

Director, New Leadership Academy

Ilana Israel

Program Manager, New Leadership Academy

Cierra Szalony

Program Coordinator, New Leadership Academy

Paton Roden

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, New Leadership Academy

Lienne Cupal

Research Assistant, New Leadership Academy

Caroline deLannoy

Program Assistant, New Leadership Academy

Photos from the 2019 New Leadership Academy Fellows Program Summer Institute

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