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Annual Report

Letter from Executive Leadership


Dear Friends,

A continuum of mentoring leads to a legacy of scholars. Leadership Alliance scholars are the legacy of dedicated partners who successfully mentor students throughout thier academic and career pathways. These students become the mentors of tomorrow, who, in turn, will guide the next generation. This continuum crosses disciplinary and generational boundaries, and as a consequence, strengthens the legacy. 


Throughout this report are quotes from the Alliance community that highlight their mentoring experiences. These voices strongly articulate how the Continuum of Mentoring is leading us to A Legacy of Scholars. 

Medeva Ghee, PhD
Executive Director

John Rose, JD
Executive Committee Chair

"I am very proud of the fact that I can have a positive impact on students’ skill set, their self-efficacy and self-identification as a scientist."

Benjamin Ortiz, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology at Hunter College. CUNY

In its 20th year, the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, where career paths are discussed, opportunities introduced and long-lasting professional and personal relationships begin, demonstrates that the continuum is thriving.

The newly established Alumni Association will continue to develop leaders and role models to carry out the Alliance’s shared vision of preparing a workforce that reflects the demographic composition of our diverse nation.

FYRE, the First Year Research Experience, is a new program that will engage faculty and coordinators from partner institutions to identify and expose budding scholars to research early in their academic careers, while contributing to the development of faculty collaborations.

Alliance faculty and administrators who serve as mentors, role models and advisors are a critical component of our mentoring continuum. This spring, the participation of faculty in a one-day workshop helped shape program activities of the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative, which provides summer research opportunities in the humanities and social sciences.

Strengthening Pathways to Success

"I've learned how to approach a problem, how to ask good questions and how to think critically about situations. This training is relevant not only in science but in life more generally."

Philip Stephens
Summer Research Participant, Morehouse College Undergraduate

"It is my responsibility and my passion to come back to LANS as a mentor to other students and inspire them to achieve their goals. I want to share my story and let them know that graduate school is tough, but doable. We need to start early planting the seed of interest for others."

Teresa Ramirez, PhD
Summer Research Participant, CSU Dominguez Hills Undergraduate

Mentoring that Builds Community and Expands Horizons

Learn how the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) and the Alliance's new partnership with Heritage University are impacting the lives of young scholars.

Heritage University - The Leadership Alliance’s newest member institution - enriches the Alliance membership with its commitment to mentoring a diverse student and faculty body of Native American and Latino populations. Located in the Yakima Valley of south central Washington State, Heritage has a student body of approximately 1,100.

“It challenged me to push my research further than I had ever imagined. It’s not competition, but a healthy motivation to live up to the incredible work of my peers."

Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative 2015 Participant

Learn more about LAMI

“I think every day about what makes the world tick. I came to Heritage because I want to do something with my life that helps people. I want to make a scientific discovery that will change people’s lives for the better.”

Felipe Anguiano
First Year Research Experience Participant, Heritage University Undergraduate

Opportunity that Ignites Students’ Passion for Research


While the majority of our SR-EIP students have been juniors and seniors, the Leadership Alliance believes that the future of the workforce depends upon young, diverse talent who are intellectually enriched with research experiences starting in their freshman year of college. Committed to this belief, we ignited FYRE: First Year Research Experience program. This initiative is designed to recruit first year students from Alliance minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and place them in a supportive research environment through a process that involves faculty and Alliance institutional representatives at both the MSI and SR-EIP research site.

“As a freshman, it was a phenomenal experience, not only at the conference but also at Vanderbilt University doing research. I am thankful for the opportunity for rising sophomores to do research.”

Logan Northcutt
First Year Research Experience Participant, Morehouse College Undergraduate

Inside the Alliance

Shared Governance

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External Advisory Board
The Mission of the External Advisory Board is to advise, promote and actively support The Leadership Alliance in realizing its vision of developing underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector. Meet the External Advisory Board »

Financial Highlights

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Executive Office

tla-logo_0_2.pngThe Leadership Alliance's Executive Office is located at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Meet the staff »

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