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Membership Overview

Members of the Leadership Alliance include thirty-five of the nation’s leading research and teaching academic institutions and one associate member from industry. Member institutions from the academic community are highly diverse in geographic distribution and range in size from roughly 1,000 to more than 50,000 students. A core value of each institution is an intimate scholarly relationship built upon student-faculty mentoring, through which opportunities for undergraduate research in the biological, physical and social sciences as well as the humanities are promoted. 

The Alliance welcomed its first Associate Member, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), in 2013. Novartis helped develop and is actively involved in the External Advisory Board, through which Associate Members will provide advice on matters related to the development and implementation of fundraising, partnership and programmatic activities of the Alliance.

Each Alliance member is represented in the consortium by an institutional coordinator. Leadership Alliance coordinators are high-level administrators, faculty, staff or program managers at their respective member institution or organization.

The Leadership Alliance's Membership Committee handles all communication regarding membership. It strives to create and maintain a vital consortium through thoughtful consideration of the Alliance's mission, strategic goals and organizational balance.

The following list of member institutions includes the names and academic positions of the institutional coordinators.

1. Brooklyn College
Louise Hainline
Professor of Psychology

2. Brown University
Marlina Duncan
Associate Dean of Diversity Initiatives

Vanessa Ryan
Associate Dean of Graduate School


3. Chaminade University of Honolulu
Patricia M. Lee-Robinson
Associate Provost & Director of the Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research

4. Claflin University
Roosevelt Ratliff, Jr.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

5. Columbia University
S. Isabel Geathers
Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity

6. Cornell University
Laurel Southard
Director, Undergraduate Research

7. Dartmouth College
F. Jon Kull
Dean, Graduate Studies

8. Dillard University
John E. Wilson
Dean of Natural Sciences & Public Health

9. Harvard University
Sheila Thomas
Assistant Dean for Diversity & Minority Affairs

10. Heritage University
Winona Wynn
Associate Professor of Humanities

11. Howard University
Dexter Lee
Associate Professor

12. Hunter College
John Rose
Dean for Diversity & Compliance

13. Johns Hopkins University
Kelly Gebo
Vice Provost for Education

14. Montana State University
Jullian Collins
EMPower Associate Director

15. Morehouse College
Jann Adams
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

16. Morgan State University
Dean, College of Liberal Arts

17. New York University
Debra Szybinski
Executive Director, Office of Faculty Resources/Faculty Resource Network

18. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Tonya Hargett
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

19. Princeton University
Dale Trevino
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

20. Spelman College
Cynthia Neal Spence
Associate Professor, Sociology
Director, UNCF/Mellon Programs

21. Stanford University
Anika Green
Director of Educational Programs, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education

22. Tougaloo College
Asoka Srinivasan
Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

23. Tufts University
Yvette Dalton
Associate Director, Graduate Diversity Programs


24. University of Chicago
Melissa Gilliam
Associate Dean, Diversity & Inclusion

25. University of Colorado Boulder
Mark Hernandez
Professor, Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

26. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Earnestine Baker
Ret. Assistant to the Vice President, Institutional Advancement;
Executive Director of the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program

27. University of Miami
Michael S. Gaines
Professor of Biology & Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Research & Community Outreach

28. University of Pennsylvania
Arnaldo Diaz
Assistant Dean for Research Training Programs; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Office of Research Training Programs

29. University of Puerto Rico
Luis Raul Camara
Dean of Academic Affairs

30. University of South Florida
Richard Pollenz
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies; Professor & Director, Office for Undergraduate Research

31. University of Virginia
Keisha John
Director of Diversity Programs

32. Vanderbilt University
Don C. Brunson
Assistant Dean, Graduate School

33. Washington University in St. Louis
Rochelle D. Smith
Assistant Provost, Director, Diversity,
Summer Programs & Community Outreach

34. Xavier University of Louisiana
Ja'Wanda S. Grant
Director, Center for Undergraduate Research

35. Yale University
Michelle Nearon
Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development & Diversity