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New year and new growth to the New Leadership Academy

As a new year of possibilities begins, the New Leadership Academy (NLA) is excited to welcome a brand-new cohort of nearly forty fellows to the program—its biggest class ever. Representing colleges and universities from across the country, these distinguished and accomplished leaders are excited to deepen their executive skills through the NLA’s groundbreaking platform … right here at the University of Utah!

Unlike traditional “diversity training,” NLA’s curriculum reflects a leadership philosophy aligned with Shared Equity Leadership (SEL), a concept developed by the American Council on Education in conjunction with the Pullias Center for Higher Education. Aimed at “broadly inclusive and collaborative approaches to leadership … necessary to achieve equitable outcomes,” the program is part of a partnership between the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and NLA. This intensive, hands-on approach to leadership development includes mentoring relationships, professional coaching sessions, a six-month online curriculum that includes sessions with national experts, and a summer institute where fellows will build lasting relationships and deepen their leadership commitments and learning. 

“In our second year at the University of Utah, the New Leadership Academy continues to innovate while inspiring leaders—and grow the program to reach broader audiences,” says NLA director, Amy Fulton. “Along with our national NLA Advisory Board, we are continuing to cultivate relationships and provide curriculum for leaders in a variety of professional and academic fields. And the first alumni retreat at the U of U this summer will draw many amazing NLA alumni to Salt Lake, including several college and university leaders who will share their experiences and meet with the new fellows. It’s an exciting time to be part of NLA!”   

New enrollees will begin the hybrid curriculum in January 2023 with a self-directed program that will include independent weekly learning materials alongside online workshops and activities to reinforce core program principles. The program culminates in a weeklong in-person gathering scheduled for the summer, when enrollees will participate in a series of intensive workshops and seminars guided by Director Fulton; previous NLA alumni; and a national lineup of experts in leadership and equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

To learn about NLA, please visit the New Leadership Academy website or follow their LinkedIn for more information and updates.

New Leadership Academy Fellows

2023 Cohort 

  • Cristian Aquino-Sterling
    Associate Prof. & Director of International Studies
    College of Education, San Diego State University
  • Chris Baczek
    Senior Director, Personal Enrichment Programs
    The University of Utah
  • Antrece L. Baggett
    College Operations Officer (Interim)
    Houston Community College
  • Jessica Barco
    Director of Financial Aid
    California State University, Fullerton
  • Susan Bernardin
    Director, School of Language, Culture, & Society
    Oregon State University
  • Sabrina M. Brown
    Director for the Office of Student Success
    Washington University in St. Louis
  • Marisela R. Chávez
    Director, Faculty Development Center
    Professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • LaTasha C. DeHaan
    Assistant Prof. II of Political Science
    Elgin Community College
  • José Del Real Viramontes
    Assistant Prof.
    University of California, Riverside
  • Samantha Eldridge
    Director, American Indian Resource Center
    The University of Utah
  • Jared Escobar
    Operations Manager
    The University of Utah
  • Antuan Featherstone
    Online MSW Program Manager
    University of Michigan, School of Social Work
  • Julio A. Galindo
    Chief DIEB Officer & Chief Philanthropy Officer
    Mesalands Community College
  • Andrew K. Gay
    Associate Prof. & Chair
    Southern Oregon University
  • Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman
    Associate Prof.
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Helen Graham
    Dean Liberal Arts, Humanities & Education Professions
    Houston Community College
  • David Hawkins-Jacinto
    Sr. Communications Manager; Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI)
    The University of Utah
  • Ignacio Hernández
    Associate Prof.
    Fresno State
  • Cristina Herrera
    Professor & Director of Chicano/Latino Studies
    Portland State University
  • Aurora Kamimura
    Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence
    Lecturer in Education, Arts & Sciences
    Washington University in St. Louis
  • Russell Kaufman
    Campus Chief Information Officer
    Miami Dade College
  • Line Kemeyou, M.D.
    University of Utah Health
  • Lātū Kinikini
    Associate Director, Opportunity Scholars Program
    David Eccles School of Business (DESB)
    The University of Utah
  • Monica Leisey
    Associate Prof.
    Salem State University
  • Gil Lizalde
    Director, DSA Business Services
    University of Houston
  • Ivette A. Lopez
    Professor & Director
    University of Utah Family & Preventive Medicine
    Utah Area Health Education Centers
  • Jennifer Luken Sutton
    Director
    University of Texas at Arlington
  • Nafisa Masud
    Content Specialist
    University of Utah Health
  • Natasha A. McNeely
    Associate Prof. of Political Science
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Melinda Mejia
    Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies & Humanities
    Houston Community College
  • Idalia Nuñez
    Assistant Prof. of Language and Literacy
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Cindy Pickett
    Presidential Associate for Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez
    Acting Dean of Education & Social Sciences
    Montgomery College
  • Claudia R. Rodas
    HSI Advisor to the Provost
    Associate Clinical Professor
    Northern Arizona University
  • Juliana S. Simonetti
    Assistant Prof. & Director of Obesity Medicine
    Co-Director of PROMIS2U
    Co-Director of Comprehensive Weight Management Program
    University of Utah Health
  • Dianne Valdivia
    Director of Campus Administration
    Miami Dade College
  • Diana Y. Valle-Murillo
    Program Coordinator
    CSU Monterey Bay
  • Katty Del Pilar Youd
    EDI Program Manager
    Huntsman Cancer Institute