Diversifying CUNY’s Leadership: A CUNY-Harvard Consortium

Co-sponsored by the Offices of Academic Affairs and Recruitment and Diversity


 Diversifying CUNY’s Leadership: A CUNY-Harvard Consortium is a professional development program intended to cultivate a diverse group of future leaders.  The program is based on nationally recognized higher education leadership programs at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) and the American Council on Education’s ACE Fellows Program.  It aims to provide training, support, development and networking opportunities to CUNY faculty and staff who are interested in a career in higher education leadership – with a particular emphasis on those interested in leadership positions within CUNY.  The program supports and celebrates the University’s commitment to a diverse community that is inclusive of all groups and individuals. The program will be directed by University Dean for Recruitment and Diversity, Dr. Arlene Torres, and University Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko.

Program Components

  1. Leadership Development Training at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education During the summer of 2018, program participants will begin their training by attending one of the academic leadership programs offered by the HIHE.  HIHE program fees and travel and lodging expenses will be paid for all 2018 – 2019 program participants thanks to a generous grant from the Harvard Club of New York Foundation and matching funds from CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs.
  2. Shadowing:  During academic year 2018 – 2019, program participants will shadow a CUNY leader, ideally one who holds a position to which the participant aspires.  That leader will also serve as a mentor to the participant.  Participants will also meet with several other leaders throughout the university.
  3. A Community of Colleagues The 2018 – 2019 cohort of participants will meet as a group several times each semester to learn from current CUNY leaders (e.g., Vice Chancellors, Presidents, Provosts, COOs) in a broad range of areas (e.g., academic affairs, student affairs, budget and finance, facilities, enrollment management) and to share experiences and best practices.  Meeting attendance is required of all program participants.  Meetings will be held at CUNY Central (205 East 42nd Street) from 9:30 – 11:30am on the following Fridays:  Fall 2018:  September 7, October 5 and November 9, 2018;   Spring 2019: February 8, March 8 and April 5, 2019
  4. A Project: Over the course of the program, participants will work on a project the addresses CUNY’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and benefits their department, college or the university.


Program Requirements

  1. Summer 2018: For the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) leadership program, participants will need to be at Harvard University in Boston, MA for two weeks.
  2. Academic Year 2018-2019: It is estimated that participants will need to devote 6-9 hours per week on program activities (i.e., shadowing, meetings, project).
  3. Compensation for participant time:  In order to allow sufficient time for program activities, faculty accepted into the program will receive one 3-credit course release per semester in academic year 2018-19. CUNY central will transfer $8000 (i.e., $4000 per course) per faculty member accepted into the program to the participant’s college.  Colleges will not be compensated for the time administrators accepted into the program devote to program activities because the participant’s project will benefit the college and program participation will serve as professional development for the administrator. Applicants should confirm with their supervisors that this is acceptable BEFORE applying to the program.



Participants must have at least two years of academic/higher education leadership experience to be eligible for this program.  For some examples of how to present administrative accomplishments and responsibilities on your CV or resume, please click here.

Tenured professorial rank faculty with administrative experience (e.g., as department chair, college/university governance leader, college-wide or university-wide task force leader) and mid-level administrators, including Assistant and Associate Deans and Provosts, Directors and Higher Education Officers (i.e., full HEOs), are eligible to apply.

Faculty and administrators who have participated in the CUNY Executive Leadership Program offered by the Office of Human Resources Management may apply for this program.

Applicants must be committed to diversity of thought, perspective and identity and the idea that inclusion strengthens the University.

For additional information, including application requirements, please download the application materials here.


Questions?  Contact one of the program directors:

Dr. Arlene Torres, University Dean for Recruitment and Diversity at Arlene.Torres@cuny.edu or (646) 664-3252.

Dr. Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko, University Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, at Annemarie.Nicols-Grinenko@cuny.edu or 646-664-8068.