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Annual Report

Letter from Executive Leadership

Twenty-five years — a quarter of a century — is a significant milestone in the history of an organization. In this annual report, we pause to tell our story, a story of a partnership of diverse institutions united in a vision of equality and a commitment to reduce disparities by creating new research and training opportunities, as well as the stories of our scholars who are transforming the workforce. Through the compelling stories of our Doctoral Scholars featured in this report, I invite you to read about the impact of the Leadership Alliance on forging a community of scholars; inspiring persistence through adversity; developing a research identity; building bridges to new opportunities; mentoring throughout the academic pathway and seizing new opportunities. As evidenced by these stories, we are fulfilling our promise to discover potential, cultivate talent, and populate a workforce reflective of the diverse fabric of our society.

Dr. Medeva Ghee, Executive Director

Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, Executive Committee ChairOn behalf of the Executive Committee, we continue to be proud to support the vision and mission of Leadership Alliance. We join with member institutions in celebrating 25 years of providing opportunities for undergraduates in search of impactful summer research experiences and the expansion of their academic and personal networks. Not only do we applaud the visibility of the Leadership Alliance as a recognized institution throughout higher education and industry networks, we salute the work of the staff led by Dr. Medeva Ghee in positioning the Alliance as a leader among collaborative initiatives focusing on bridging PhD granting and Minority Serving Institutions.

Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, Executive Committee Chair


Our Impact: Doctoral Scholar Stories

Impacting the Workforce

  • The Leadership Alliance is the premier source of underrepresented scholars pursuing and obtaining doctoral degrees.
  • Our scholars are transforming the research workforce across all fields and sectors.
  • Our scholars are changing the face of the academy serving as leaders in higher education.

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