Objectives

There is a glass ceiling in higher education that prevents African-Americans and other minorities from climbing to senior administrative and tenured faculty ranks. The few minorities in the junior ranks are often isolated and lack support needed to be successful.

The Black Caucus of the former American Association for Higher Education sponsored several Summits on “Blacks in Higher Education” to gather data and propose ideas to address this problem. The Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI) for AABHE members and other African-Americans is an effort to help professionals acquire the requisite information and skills to prepare for senior administrative and faculty positions.

Objectives

  • To prepare African-Americans for senior leadership positions as faculty or administrators in higher education by providing a forum to acquire skills, knowledge, and networks to facilitate their aspirations
  • To link participants with mentors who can facilitate their professional development and enhance their leadership abilities
  • To highlight current issues and challenges in higher education that can facilitate or stall professional growth
  • To present the steps involved in career mapping and goal setting
  • To discuss the complexities inherent institutional change and the unique challenges facing administrators/faculty of color