The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' Leadership Academy, La Academia de Liderazgo, is a one-year program to prepare the next generation of culturally diverse leaders for executive and senior level positions in higher education.
La Academia is designed to increase the number of talented individuals who aspire to leadership positions of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs. Fellows selected for the program participate in an array of leadership development activities that will not only prepare them for leadership roles in the full spectrum of institutions of higher learning but will especially sensitize and mold them for leadership positions within HSIs and Emerging HSIs.
There are several features of La Academia de Liderazgo that set it apart from other leadership development programs. The curriculum includes an international component that occurs outside the mainland United States, access to a wide array of current and former leaders in higher education (both within and outside of the United States) who have achieved prominence and high visibility in the field, and a Proyecto Transformativo through which Fellows are able to generate initiatives beneficial to their home institution as well as make important contributions to the knowledge base and practice.
La Academia is a direct response to the declining rate of Hispanic university presidents (from 4.5 percent in 2006 to 3.9 percent in 2016), despite the unprecedented growth of U.S. Hispanic college student enrollment. Soon, if not already, 1 in 5 college students will be Hispanic, yet it is unlikely that many will enroll in a college or university with a Hispanic president. HACU is committed to reversing this ten-year decline by implementing an innovative academy that sets itself apart from other leadership programs in the following ways:
We invite you to become a member of La Academia’s next class and take this opportunity to benefit from (and contribute to) an expanded pool of qualified and diverse presidential prospects. Applications for the 2021-22 program have closed. The 2022-23 application will be available in October 2021.
Download a PDF copy of La Academia de Liderazgo brochure here.