Scientists from Across the Country Participate in Prestigious Leadership Training to Increase STEM Leaders of Color

This week, a new generation of underrepresented minority STEM leaders are being trained to serve, strengthen, and unify communities at the local and national level at the 2017 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI). They are learning tools to lead institutional transformation and help build a critical mass of STEM professionals and leaders from underrepresented communities. 

LPSLI is led by Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), developed in partnership with the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The institute, held July 17 through July 21 at the AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC, is an intensive course featuring small group exercises, leadership development planning, networking opportunities, and extensive community building among selected participants.

Speakers this week include Dr. Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS, Carrie Billie, JD, (Navajo) President & CEO of American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation.

Since 2009, the SACNAS LPSLI has trained a cohort of 30 PhD-level scientists each year, making it the largest cohort of emerging STEM leaders of color in the country. Alumni are now executive directors, program directors, assistant deans, department chairs, entrepreneurs, senior scientists in industry, and emerging science policy leaders.

This week’s course is the last in the series of three leadership trainings offered by SACNAS in 2017. At the end of June the SACNAS – HHMI Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), was held in partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The ALI was an intensive advanced course for graduates of the LPSLI. Participants tackled topics including: career success factors; increasing spheres of influence; challenges in organizational leadership; leading & managing policy initiatives; and decision making and team dynamics in executive teams.

In early July 2017, the inaugural SACNAS Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI), held at San Jose City College and sponsored by the Genentech Foundation, was two full days of small group exercises, keynote speakers, leadership development workshops, networking opportunities, and extensive community building among selected undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities across California.


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