The fast track to advancement

October 21, 2019
  • Competencies
  • Diversity and Inclusion
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Nearly a year ago, AACRAO's newly launched Women's Caucus introduced the Leaders in Enrollment Advancing Diversity (LEAD) Initiative at the SEM Conference in Washington, D.C.. This umbrella program will help ensure current and future enrollment leaders are positioned to help institutions meet the evolving challenges facing higher education. 

With the launch of the initiative, the Curriculum Development Committee introduced its first LEAD program: AACRAO Stands by Our Commitment to Nurturers of Diversity (ASCEND). This year-long intensive program partners participants with faculty, coaches, and curriculum aimed at training these mid-level professionals in the competencies required to take the next step in enrollment management leadership.

After reviewing applications and interviewing candidates, AACRAO is pleased to introduce the inaugural cohort of the ASCEND Leadership Development Program. These participants will begin their year-long training at the AACRAO SEM Conference in Dallas, TX ,this November.

The Inaugural  ASCEND Cohort


Frank Amparo
Paradise Valley Community College

Meghan Arias
George Washington University

Bethany Bell
University of Texas at Austin

Shannice Berry
Richland Community College

Aaron Coffey
Wichita State University

Tamika Davis
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

Jessika Harris
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aaron Lindberg
California State University, Northridge

Dr. Kimberly McNair
Montgomery College

Lina Stover
University of Nebraska at Omaha

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