About Us - UO Leadership Academy

Program Facilitators

Idahlynn Karre

Idahlynn Karre has spent her 45-year professional career as a professor, leader, administrator, speaker, consultant, and coach. With an award-winning professional career as a university professor, scholar, and author, she now devotes her time and energy to professional speaking, writing, and consulting for higher education, healthcare, business, and professional associations in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Asia, China, and Australia. Her professional goal is to facilitate excellence in personal and professional growth by creating innovative learning environments and opportunities for leaders, regardless of position or title, to develop knowledge, skill, and capacity for positive learning outcomes and achievement of excellence for themselves, teams, organizations, and those they serve, regardless of sector.

Sierra Dawson
Sierra Dawson

Sierra Dawson currently serves the University of Oregon as an associate vice provost for academic affairs. She began as faculty in 2003 and is best known for her love of innovative pedagogies. Sierra was a facilitator for the UO LeaderShape program, and has taught a graduate seminar on leadership for many years. Sierra is passionate about creating inclusive environments, and supporting the continual growth of those around her whether they be undergraduate/graduate students, faculty, or administrative leaders. She is excited to be spearheading UO’s first university-wide leadership development program.

Chris Esparza

Chris Esparza currently serves the University of Oregon as director of diversity, inclusion, and leadership development at the School of Law. He has been at the UO since 2006—including as associate director of the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, a senior staff therapist at the University Counseling & Testing Center, and as staff-in-residence for the Center on Diversity and Community. As a leadership educator both on and off campus, Chris draws from experience in counseling psychology, group facilitation, inclusion and equity, and applied improvisation.

Jennifer Espinola

Jennifer Espinola currently serves the University of Oregon as dean of students at the School of Law. Jennifer’s career in higher education spans over 20 years with most focused on leadership education and development. Along with assisting to create the UO Leadership Academy, Jennifer is also helping to design the School of Law’s Frohnmayer Leadership Program. Enhancing the personal and professional success of others is her mission and these new initiatives are exciting efforts to advance those goals.