Applicant Selection

How soon will I hear whether I have been accepted?

Applicants should expect to hear of their status no later than one month from the application deadline via email. Applicants placed on a waiting list will receive an email indicating their wait list status.

How many applicants will be accepted?

The number of applicants selected to participate in the Institute varies depending on the applicant pool and the availability of lodging facilities.

If I am placed on a wait list, is there any possibility that I will be able to participate this year?

Possibly. Sometimes accepted applicants are unable to attend for various reasons. However, you will be contacted no later than June 1 if there is space available and to determine if you are still interested in attending the Institute.

Arrival and Departure

When should I plan to arrive and depart?*

The Institute begins Sunday afternoon and concludes Saturday morning.  Attendees should plan to arrive no later than 3:00pm on Sunday. Please make travel arrangements to depart on Saturday morning no earlier than 10:00am.

*Participants should not purchase tickets for transportation until they receive an acceptance letter to LMI.


Is transportation provided?

Upon your arrival at the host site, all travel related to LMI will be provided. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the host site.

If I drive in my personal vehicle to LMI will I be able to park my car?

Yes, you will be able to park your car at the hotel.  Details will be provided prior to arrival.  Parking passes will not be available for participants to park on the CPP campus.

Which airport is near Cal Poly Pomona?

The campus is easily accessible from a number of local airports:

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) -- 45 miles

Ontario International Airport (ONT) -- 16 miles

John Wayne Airport/Orange County (SNA) -- 30 miles

What ground transportation options are available from each airport?

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)


*****If you are flying into LAX and plan to take Uber you may want to familiarize yourself with ground transportation as the airport is under construction.  This website may be helpful: https://www.uber.com/global/en/airports/lax/

Ontario International Airport (ONT)


John Wayne Airport/Orange County (SNA)



What is the expected attire?

LMI participants will need to wear professional business attire for two days (Sunday evening and all-day Friday). Participants will need business casual attire for all other activities.


Where will I stay during the Institute?
Lodging will be provided at a hotel in close proximity to the campus. All Institute participants are expected to stay in the lodging provided by the Institute (single occupancy).

What personal items do I need to bring?
Bath towels and bed linens will be provided. You will need to bring everything else.

Will there be internet?
Yes. internet will be available at no additional cost.

Will there be an ironing board and iron?
Yes. An iron and ironing board will be provided.

Will I have access to a refrigerator or microwave?

Yes, each hotel room will have a mini fridge and microwave as well as a coffee pot.

Will I need to leave a credit card on file for incidentals?

Yes, each hotel guest is required to show a picture ID and to have a credit card on file for incidentals.

I need to arrive on Saturday, July 8 or check out on Sunday, July 16, I understand I would be responsible for the room charges because it is outside of the Institute dates but wanted to know if I could get the group rate at the hotel for arriving early or staying later?

Definitely!  If you would like a room earlier than Sunday, July 9 or later than Saturday, July 15, please let the LMI Director know as soon as possible so she can request a room for you in the room block at the rate of $159/night plus taxes.


What meals are provided during the Institute?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided every day the Institute is held starting with the welcome dinner on Sunday and concluding with breakfast on Saturday. All participants are expected to attend every meal, including those who reside within the city.

Institute & Work-Related Activities

Will I have time to do work such as email, fax, conference calls, etc.?
No. The intensive format of the Institute will provide little or no time for individuals to engage in work-related or personal activities. Therefore, it is very important that participants take care of time sensitive matters prior to arriving at the Institute and not expect to be engaged electronically during the Institute.

How will time be spent outside of formal Institute sessions and meals?
Team projects will comprise the majority of time spent outside the formal Institute sessions. All participants are expected to participate in all Institute activities, sessions, meals and team projects.

What is the tentative timeline of activities for the Institute?
The Institute will begin with a welcome dinner on Sunday evening and conclude on Saturday morning.  Throughout the week, participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions from early morning to late afternoon.

Will we be required to do any work prior to the Institute?
There will be some required activities that must be completed prior to the Institute. Specific information about activities required in preparation for the Institute will be provided in June.

What time do sessions begin and end on a daily basis?
Institute sessions begin at 8am and conclude at 6pm daily with team meetings held in the evenings after dinner.

I have friends/family in the city, can they join us for a meal?
No, meals and activities are for LMI participants, staff, and faculty. LMI provides an opportunity for you to network professionally with fellow participants and speakers. Participants should not invite family, friends and associates to campus. Team activities are scheduled in the evening and team members should not be expected to conform to your schedule. We strongly encourage participants to utilize this opportunity to network with each other and the LMI faculty.

Application Fee and Tuition and Fees

Can I wait to pay the application fee after I am accepted?
No, only complete applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. A complete application includes the following: LMI Participant Application, Resume/Vitae, Statement of Interest, Two Professional Recommendations and Payment of Application Fee.

Will you return my application fee if I am not accepted?
Yes, the application fee will be returned within 6 weeks of the application deadline. Note: If an applicant is selected for LMI, the application fee is non-refundable.

If I am accepted to the Institute and confirm my acceptance but due to extenuating circumstances I am unable to attend, what should I do?
Accepted applicants must submit a refund request for tuition and fees via email to the LMI Director (aabhe.lmi@gmail.com) no later than May 31. All refund requests for tuition and fees received by the deadline will be reviewed and processed within two weeks. Refunds for tuition and fees will have an administrative processing fee of $300 deducted.  The application fee is non-refundable for accepted applicants.

If I can only attend part of the Institute can I receive a prorated rate?
Unfortunately this is not an option. If you are unable to attend the entire Institute then you should not accept the offer of acceptance. The intensive format of the Institute and the team project require equal participation from all participants throughout the week. Participants who do not participate in all aspects (i.e., opening dinner through the closing dinner and team presentation) of the LMI will not receive a certificate indicating their successful completion of the Institute and will not be listed as an alumnus of LMI.

When will you process my application fee?
All fees paid via credit card will be processed upon submission. Fees paid via check will be deposited within 14 business days of receipt.

How do I address my check?
Make checks payable to: American Association of Blacks in Higher Education or AABHE. In the memo field, please indicate: Applicant Name / LMI.

Mail check to:


1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite #1025

Washington, DC 20006

Do you accept institutional purchase orders?
Yes, please contact us at aabhe.lmi@gmail.com for details.

Can an invoice be automatically generated?
Yes. To receive an invoice, click on "Pay by Credit Card" to enter the AABHE payment portal. Input your contact information. Under Payment Information, select "Bill Me" (i.e., request an invoice).  An invoice will be generated automatically that you can print.  Additionally, the AABHE Financial Secretary will send an invoice within three business days.

What is the total cost for LMI 2023?

The cost for tuition and fees is $2799. The $799 application fee is applied to the tuition and fees leaving a balance of $2000 (payable after acceptance). Tuition and fees includes the week-long Institute, curriculum materials, meals (unless otherwise noted in the acceptance materials), accommodations (single occupancy), and transportation during the Institute. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from their home campus to the host site.

All participants are required to stay in the lodging provided by the Institute.