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.

Travel Plans

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.

*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.  Details will be provided upon acceptance.


What is the expected attire?

Business casual attire is appropriate for the majority of sessions during the week. Participants will need business attire for three events.

Formal business attire is expected at the opening/welcome dinner, mid-week luncheon, and team presentations/closing ceremony.


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 (double occupancy).

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

Do I have to share a room or bathroom?
Two individuals of the same gender will share a double-occupancy hotel room (two double beds) and share a bathroom. Participants are matched based on years in the profession and institutional type.

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.


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 may be some required activities 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 unless it is in the evening and does not impede with team activities (i.e., team members do not have to conform to your schedule). We strongly encourage participants to utilize this opportunity to network with each other.

Scholarship & Application Fee

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 27. All refund requests for tuition and fees received by the deadline will be reviewed and processed within one month. Refunds for tuition and fees are subject to an administrative processing fee of $200.

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 deposit my application fee?
Application fees submitted via credit card will be processed upon submission of the application.

How do I address my check for the application fee?
Please make your check payable to AABHE or American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. Checks may be mailed to:

AABHE Leadership & Mentoring Institute

607 S. Waco Avenue

Russellville, AR 72801

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