Testimonials from our participants:
"Everyone should consider themselves as leaders if they want to make a change in their workplace, community, or just in themselves. This course allows you to understand how you can start to see and understand yourself as a leader, and how your core values are aligned with leadership goals."
Jenny Hyde, Professor of Art
"Do it! The Inclusive Leadership program is very well organized, a great use of time, and it will help you become a better human and leader."
Ashley Lamm, PhD,
CSTEM Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Chemistry
"I would say it is a program that will teach you the essentials to inclusive leadership, open your eyes to the challenges of leadership, challenge your own skills and biases, and invite into your life an awareness and vulnerability that will be uncomfortable but invaluable in your work."
Kelli B.- Student
"Inclusive Leadership is a safe place to learn how to explore your strengths, to be open and vulnerable, and gain tools for inclusivity in leadership. It is also a great place to meet folks at EWU who want to inspire change and create a more inclusive community."
Amber McConnell, PhD- Senior Lecturer of Chemistry
"This program is an opportunity to learn from others with whom we might not otherwise engage with in our everyday lives. The environment facilitates healthy debate and promotes speaking up about sensitive topics for the purpose of personal and communal development."
"It’s some of the best time you can spend on yourself. It will make you grow, stretch and see the world, others and yourself differently. It allows for a level of personal and professional growth that is much harder to do on your own, because most of us avoid this kind of work because it’s very difficult and emotionally taxing."
Chris Tyllia, Faculty
"This training is a great way to get uncomfortable, learn, and relate to others. This training will help you address blind spots you may have and help you to gain the insight and skillset to make any environment more inclusive."
Alicia Cozza, M.S. Student
"It is a fabulous introduction to information and habits that can be incorporated in a larger practice of fostering inclusive community."
Stefani M. Rossi, MFA
"I originally did not apply to be in this program because it was my senior year and I had so much on my plate already, but I am so glad I did. It was a commitment, but it was not overwhelming in the least. It is doable if you are a full-time student or have a full-time job. This was the start of the beautiful journey in becoming a more inclusive leader. It is most impactful to those who want to be a part of the positive change in our community and society."
V. Esmeralda Orozco, EWU Human Resource Management Graduate
"DO IT! This program is more than just understanding the theories behind IL, it is interactive and engaging, focusing on personal application and development in understanding and tactics to support the development of IL. Invest in yourself and take the time to challenge yourself and grow to support others."
Please Note: We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 cohort. The Application Deadline is Friday, January 21, 2022. (If you are applying for the program, please save the dates below.)
The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is pleased to announce the 2nd year of our program at Eastern Washington University, Inclusive Leadership.
In this program faculty, staff, and students will:
- develop the values and competencies of an effective and inclusive leader
- gain tools to overcome traditional stereotypes and roadblocks to obtaining leadership roles
- expand their networks and enhance their leadership skills by connecting with a variety of leaders who are trailblazers in their fields or organizations
- build relationships with other high potential future inclusive leaders
This program supports equity by highlighting the value of diversity in leadership. Our desired outcome is to foster stronger representation in our leadership on campus and in industry to better reflect the demographics of our faculty, staff and students.
- This program will run for 5 months during the academic year January through May in a cohort model that will develop relationships among program participants.
- This program will be open to the following:
- Faculty, Administrators, and Staff currently employed full-time
- Graduate students enrolled full-time
- Students in junior or senior status, currently enrolled full-time
- Typical fees associated with this program are a $50 nonrefundable participation fee as well as the cost of leadership books (typically less than $15 each). This year, due to a generous grant from U.S. Bank, all fees for the Inclusive Leadership program 2021-2022 are covered.
- Program participants will learn how to be an inclusive leader. Participants will explore the particular challenges faced by people of underrepresented identities in leadership roles, and work through strategies for overcoming them.
- Program participants will have required monthly readings, assignments, and/or activities to develop their leadership skills.
- Program participants will attend monthly meetings where they will network with peers, as well as current leaders and mentors from diverse identities and a variety of industry backgrounds. The monthly events may include guest speakers, workshops, and/or activities to expand their leadership skills.
- Meetings will be held in the Center for Inclusive Excellence, Showalter 114 on the Cheney campus. We also have Zoom capability in the Center, and you may attend via Zoom if you prefer. Due to COVID-19, if any restrictions are placed on group activities, the meetings may be via Zoom.
- The meetings will take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month starting in January 2022 on the following dates:
January 25, 2022, 5:15pm
February 22, 2022, 5:15pm
March 22, 2022, 5:15pm
April 26, 2022, 5:15pm
May 24, 2022, 5:15pm
- This program is provided for personal professional development and is not considered part of a person’s job assignment. Participation is voluntary and not required or sponsored by the University, so attendance will not be considered work time. As this is not a work sponsored training, the University is not responsible to pay any fees or expenses associated with the program.
Applications should be sent to Kim Davis, Senior Director for Diversity and Inclusion via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Kim Davis, Showalter 114, Cheney, WA 99004, by
For questions or accommodations, please contact Kim Davis at (509) 359-6874 or email@example.com.