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Diversity and Inclusion

Programs, resources and research to foster greater diversity and inclusion in higher education, particularly within the senior leadership ranks.

ACE Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program
This program is focused on attracting mid-level administrators from diverse backgrounds to increase diversity in the senior-level leadership ranks in higher education.  The need for this purposeful programming is evidenced by their underrepresentation in senior leadership roles in higher education.  

Spectrum Executive Leadership Program
Accepting its first applicants in 2012, the Spectrum Executive Leadership Program is geared toward women and administrators of color interested in pursuing presidential positions within the next two years. The program helps participants develop a successful search strategy and manage the transition into the presidency. This highly interactive program combines face-to-face and virtual convenings over several months and facilitates candid conversations with search firm executives and sitting presidents from diverse institutions and backgrounds.

National Women's Leadership Forums
This three-day leadership program is for senior-level women administrators (typically deans and above) seeking a presidency, vice presidency, or major deanship. The interactive program, held both in June and December, fosters discussions with women presidents and executive search firm consultants who help participants develop effective search strategies.

Regional Women's Leadership Forums
Mid-level administrators enter this forum to hone leadership skills like fundraising, strategic planning, career mapping, and media relations. Participants also meet with search firms to prepare for a potential search process.

The ACE Women's Network
Connect with other women administrators from your state by joining your ACE State Network. Each state network holds a wide range of activities and events throughout the year with the goals of identifying, developing, encouraging, advancing, linking, and supporting (IDEALS) women in higher education administration within that state.

Women's Leadership Legacy Fund
ACE is steadfast in its commitment to the identification, development, and advancement of women leaders in higher education. The Women's Legacy Fund was established to provide support and create opportunities for women to achieve this goal.

Creating Global Citizens Initiative
The U.S. Department of Education awarded ACE a three-year grant to explore internationalization efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The goals of this project were to identify the factors that enhance and impede the internationalization process at HBCUs and to disseminate findings from this action research project to the broader HBCU community.

Moving the Needle Together: Advancing Women in Higher Education
While many believe that women's battle for gender parity in the workplace has already been won, recent data suggest that this is far from reality. According to ACE's The American College President 2012 report, only 26% of the nation's college and university presidents are women and the rate of change has stalled since the late 1990s. This collaborative, multi-association initiative seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in higher education through programs, research, and resources.​​​

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