UO Leadership Academy

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UO Leadership Academy

The UO Leadership Academy is a participatory leadership development program for administrative and academic leaders at the UO for administrative and academic leaders at UO.

The academy aligns with the university's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion—it is integral to our collective learning and our effectiveness as leaders. The academy serves the university’s broader mission by developing administrators and faculty who feel empowered to address complex challenges and work collaboratively to cultivate more equitable environments across (and beyond) campus. 

The program believes that the integration of diverse backgrounds, identity characteristics, beliefs, and experiences is valuable to enhancing group effectiveness and learning. It also operates under the assumption that mistakes and failures will occur along the way.  However, with a shared focus on learning, mutual development, and accountability we believe we can make progress in our change efforts.

A diverse group of 30 participants, made up of mid- and senior-level changemakers, will be selected to participate in each year’s cohort through a competitive application process. Applications for the 2021-22 Cohort will be available late fall and will be due in January.

Questions about the UO Leadership Academy may be directed to leadershipacademy@uoregon.edu.


 "A leader is not necessarily a person who holds some formal position of leadership or who is perceived as a leader by others. Rather, a leader is one who is able to affect positive change for the betterment of others, the community, and society. All people, in other words, are potential leaders."

— Higher Education Research Institute

What our previous members are saying...

Nancy Cheng

“I have enjoyed this unusual blend of leadership skill-building, self-actualization, and networking. The workshops reinforce research-based concepts through hands-on activities about applying them locally. Brainstorming with peers who play varied roles across the university has been especially valuable.”

Nancy Cheng, College of Design

Mark McCulloch

“You can’t transform the culture with a seminar or video or survey instrument. But we have a chance if we spend an academic year getting to know and appreciate one another. This program will build important and lasting connections between leaders from all levels in the organization.”

Mark McCulloch, Business Affairs Office

Jessica Price

“The Leadership Academy has helped me learn a lot about myself and how I work with others. I better understand my leadership style and how to capitalize on my strengths. The sessions have allowed me to connect with campus leaders, and I’ve learned how I can ensure more collaborations in the future.”

Jessica Price, Office of General Counsel