Fifth cohort selected for IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 leadership program

A 21-member cohort has been selected for the fifth round of the IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 leadership development program. Seven faculty and 14 staff members were selected in April by the program's advisory board.

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The latest cohort in the IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 leadership development program will focus on the development of leadership skills and understanding contemporary issues in higher education. Courtesy photo

The cohort members will begin with an orientation in May and then start a nine-month curriculum in September, focusing on the development of leadership skills and understanding contemporary issues in higher education. Participants will also have the opportunity to identify, plan and implement a capstone project, either individually or in a group, that responds to an identified need of their department, the IUPUI campus or the Indianapolis community.

The Next Generation 2.0 program, supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, encourages faculty and professional staff at IUPUI who are women and/or members of underrepresented populations interested in seeking leadership opportunities at IUPUI or professional development to enhance their current roles. This program directly addresses the IUPUI Strategic Plan goals to "develop our faculty and staff" and "promote an inclusive campus climate."

"We continue to be pleased with the success of this program and the community it has fostered among emerging faculty and staff leaders at IUPUI," Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson said. "It provides participants with a unique opportunity to reflect upon their personal strengths, to cultivate new areas of growth and to more deeply understand the IUPUI campus as well as the broader context of higher education."

Members of the 2019-20 cohort are as follows:

  • Javier Barrera Cervantes, webmaster and marketing coordinator, School of Education.
  • Laura Bergdoll, associate director of financial management, School of Medicine.
  • Sharice Booker, director of graduate programs, School of Education.
  • Chandra D. Dyson, assistant dean of student services, School of Nursing.
  • Mark Jaime, assistant professor of psychology, IUPUC.
  • Sally Krause, director of marketing and strategic communications, School of Nursing.
  • Ina McBean, assistant dean of diversity and student success, School of Dentistry.
  • Laura Masterson, director of student success, School of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Kenzie Mintus, assistant professor of sociology, School of Liberal Arts.
  • Niki Munk, assistant professor of health sciences, School of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Thu Suong Thi Nguyen, interim chair and associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies, School of Education.
  • Nicole Oglesby, director of strategic neighborhood alliances for P-20 education, Office of Community Engagement.
  • Ukamaka M. Oruche, associate professor of community and health systems, School of Nursing.
  • Loukisha Porter, assistant director of student development, School of Science.
  • Eugene Pride III, associate director of enrollment management and diversity initiatives, Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
  • Anusha Rao, assistant director, Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • Becky Schlomann, assistant director of recruiting and admissions, Evening MBA program, Kelley School of Business.
  • Tonya L. Shelton, program director of diversity undergraduate research programs, Division of Undergraduate Education.
  • Diana Sims-Harris, director of student affairs, School of Science.
  • Valerie A. Strunk, director of clinical education and clinical associate professor of physical therapy, School of Health and Human Services.
  • Rachel Wheeler, associate professor of religious studies, School of Liberal Arts.

For more information about the Next Generation 2.0 program, including a list of past cohorts and their capstone projects, visit the program's website.

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