Association for Collaborative Leadership

The resource for collaboration in higher education.


President's Update - April 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:19 PM | Heather Kramer (Administrator)

As we head into year two of the pandemic, we honor the lives of so many loved ones lost to COVID-19.  In carrying their hopes and dreams, we are inspired to do and be more.  

Recently as members of our Association for Collaborative Leadership board gathered virtually for our Spring meeting to advance ACL’s strategic priorities, it’s heartening to see how ACL is helping Higher Education meet the moment:

  • Our 2020 Reimagining Collaboration Conference highlighted collaborative responses from across the country;

  • The Claire Ramsbottom Scholarship and Equity Fund expands access to professional development opportunities for leaders from emerging, racially and economically diverse consortia;

  • Our virtual professional development committee is developing a set of offerings that respond directly to member feedback including a faculty development series on the science of learning, a coffee chat on mental health topics, and an “emerging leaders workshop” that builds upon one of the emerging leaders sessions from the fall 2020 conference.

  • We will be doing more in ACL to help members build capacity for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Be sure to check out our events page for upcoming offerings and past events.

ACL’s top three priorities remain the focus for efforts:

  • Provide the highest quality professional development opportunities through our conference, institute and webinars

  • Continue to make the website an active, accessible resource for members

  • Strengthen and support our membership 

We are excited to welcome new committee members and new consortia:

  • Omar Acevedo, Five Colleges, Inc, joins ACL’s Technology Advisory Committee

  • Mei Mendez, Boston Library Consortium, joins ACL’s Technology Advisory Committee

  • Debra Mashek, Independent Consultant

  • Gregg Haddad, Hartford Consortium for Higher Education

  • Dr. Michael Hodge, Atlanta University Center Consortium

Check out our list of committees and reach out to chairs if you are interested in joining. We welcome your energy!

Summer Institute moved to July, 2022

After careful consideration of the goals of the Summer Institute and the impacts of the pandemic, the ACL Board has made the decision to postpone the next Summer Leadership Institute to July 2022 – planning is underway for a July 2022 Institute in Claremont, California.

Best Regards,

Beth Moy

Executive Director, SEPCHE

President, Association for Collaborative Leadership


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