Weber State to participate in $1.3M pilot program to increase leadership

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University is joining two other Utah higher educational institutions in an expansion of the University of Utah’s Presidential Leadership Fellows pilot program. 

The program aims to increase the number of academic leaders from the arts and humanities, especially those from historically excluded and underrepresented backgrounds. Started at the University of Utah in 2019, an additional $1.3 million in funding from the Mellon Foundation will expand the program to Weber State, Salt Lake Community College and Utah State University. 

“Weber State looks forward to collaborating with the University of Utah and other fellow institutions to increase representation in university leadership from historically underrepresented disciplines and identities,” said WSU president Brad Mortensen.

The Presidential Leadership Fellows program will identify faculty who promote justice and inclusivity on campus. The applicants, who hold professional backgrounds in the arts and humanities, will participate in development and leadership activities, as well as mentoring sessions with leaders in higher education.

To reflect the growing demographic diversity in its region, Weber State established in its five-year strategic plan the goal of becoming an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution and has prioritized equity, diversity and inclusion as its first of five strategic goals.

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