Emerging Leaders Program:

Engaging and Inspiring Diverse NACADA Leaders

The NACADA Inclusion & Engagement (formerly Diversity) Committee developed the NACADA Emerging Leaders program in 2007 to

  • encourage members from diverse groups to get involved in leadership opportunities within the organization,
  • outfit participants with the skills and tools necessary to pursue elected and appointed leadership positions,
  • increase the number of leaders from diverse groups, and
  • encourage and assist members of populations who are under-represented in the association's leadership to attend state, regional, or national conferences.


As noted on the Inclusion & Engagement Committee webpage,

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising values and promotes inclusive practices within the association and the advising profession.  NACADA provides opportunities for professional development, networking, and leadership for our diverse membership and fosters involvement and engagement across identity groups, geographic regions, and professional levels.  NACADA promotes the principle of equity and respects the diversity of advising professionals across the vast array of intersections of identity, which includes but is not limited to age cohort, institutional type, employment role, location, nationality, socioeconomic status, faith, religion, ethnicity, ability/disability, gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation.

Involvement in the association is viewed broadly, including participation and/or leadership at many levels (within the division units, at the division level, at the Council level, at the Board of Directors level, and with the various work groups, ad hoc committees, and task forces), serving with the Consultant and Speaker Service, writing for a NACADA publication (such as the Journal, Academic Advising Today, and the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources), or presenting at state, allied member, regional, annual, or international conferences.

Each year,10 Emerging Leaders and 10 Mentors are selected for the two-year program in which the Leaders and Mentors work closely on connecting the Leaders to the areas of the association they are interested in and in developing a plan for continued involvement and growth in the association. Emerging Leaders receive a $1,500 stipend to assist them with travel to regional, national, and international NACADA conferences.

Emerging Leaders Program Objectives

  • To identify potential local, regional, national, and international leaders from member groups who are under-represented in the association's leadership who are interested in leadership development and leadership involvement in the association.
  • To identify Mentors from among experienced NACADA leadership to guide Emerging Leaders through a two-year leadership development program as they grow in their leadership in the association.
  • To provide Emerging Leaders with a two-year leadership development program which will develop their leadership skills for the association.
  • To provide opportunities for Emerging Leaders to reach out to colleagues and peers from under-represented groups and serve as Mentors to future NACADA leaders.
  • To provide the support network needed and desired to foster a strong leadership development program for underrepresented populations in our association.

Find more information on the program, such as application requirements and benefits to participants, by visiting additional program pages via the links in the left-hand navigation menu. If you have questions or need assistance, please email Leigh Cunningham, ELP Coordinator, in the NACADA Executive Office, at leigh@ksu.edu.

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Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board