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Presidential Forum

Confronting Challenges to Diversity in the Research Workforce

Hosted by Brown University President Christina Paxson
Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and President Christina Paxson

President Christina Paxson

Photo Credit: Brown University, Office of the President

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States


The landscape of higher education has changed since the inaugural Presidential Forum in 2005. In 2016, our institutional presidents reconvened at the National Academy of Science to examine today’s challenges to diversifying America’s workforce.  The presidents, along with other leaders in academia, the public and private sectors, joined in a public briefing that included two panel discussions of crucial importance.  

To learn more about the forum, scroll down to watch videos and read more on Our Story!

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Presidential Forum 2005

At the inaugural Presidential Forum (2005), the impact of presidents from diverse institutions lending their collective expertise shaped the Alliance’s strategic direction and was pivotal in the development of the strategic plan, "A Decade of Distinction."


Our Story

The Leadership Alliance story is approaching a milestone anniversary that is 25 years in the making. Our story is one of partnership, commitment, opportunity, transformation and inspiration. Read Our Story.

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