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HACU Leadership Academy / La Academia de Liderazgo

About this Opportunity

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' Leadership Academy, La Academia de Liderazgo, is a one-year program to prepare the next generation of culturally diverse leaders for the ranks of executive and senior-level positions. La Academia is designed to increase the number of talented individuals who will serve as presidents and chancellors of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs. Fellows selected for the program participate in an array of leadership development activities that prepare them for leadership roles in the full spectrum of institutions of higher learning, but with a special focus on HSIs and emerging HSIs. La Academia is a direct response to the declining rate of Hispanic university presidents (from 4.5 percent in 2006 to 3.9 percent in 2016), despite the unprecedented growth of U.S. Hispanic college student enrollment. Soon, if not already, 1 in 5 college students will be Hispanic, yet it is unlikely that many will enroll in a college or university with a Hispanic president. HACU is committed to reversing this ten-year decline by implementing an innovative academy that sets itself apart from other leadership programs in the following ways:

  • Fellows participate in three week-long seminars integrated with HACU’s highly regarded Annual Conference, Capitol Forum, and International Conference or experience.
  • The curriculum emphasizes Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs, but provides a holistic approach, including the search process, leadership fundamentals, current critical issues, and international relations.
  • Hybrid content delivery with both in-person sessions and synchronous/asynchronous webinars allows a high degree of flexibility for busy work schedules.
  • More than a dozen nationally recognized current and emeriti presidents and senior-level administrators with 100 plus years of combined experience serve on the faculty.
  • Mentorship with a university president or senior administrator is a key component, as is the development of a special project designed to have an impact at the Fellow’s current institution.

UTSA has the opportunity to nominate one faculty member per year to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' Leadership Academy

Program Dates for Selected Fellows

  • Webinar #1: Program Orientation
    October 20, 2021

  • Foundational Seminar (in coordination with HACU's 35th Annual Conference)
    October 27-November 2, 2021 in Aurora, CO

  • Webinar #2: Developing an Institutional Vision
    November 17, 2021

  • Webinar #3: Fundraising and Resource Development
    January 19, 2022

  • Webinar #4: The Use and Misuse of Social Media
    February 16, 2022

  • Webinar #5: TBD by Fellows
    March 23, 2022

  • Advocacy and Placement Seminar (in coordination with HACU's Capitol Forum)
    April 4-7, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

  • International Seminar
    Spring/Summer 2022
    Location TBD

Timeline 2020-2021

January 2021: Call for nominations

February 12: DEADLINE for deans' offices to upload nominations to SharePoint. (college faculty award points of contact will receive a link).
Submit nominees’ CV and HACU nomination form
ONLY COMPLETE THE FIRST 3 PAGES OF THE NOMINATION FORM. References are not needed until the selected nominees are notified.

February: Committee meets to consider nominees and select one finalist. UTSA’s Finalist is notified and will need to secure two letters of reference and to review the nomination form for accuracy and thoroughness

March 12Finalist's nomination packet is due to HACU

April 23Nominees will be notified if they are selected by HACU



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