About the Leadership Empowerment Program

2016-2017 LEP Cohort

From left to right: Shameika Daye, Renea Carver, Ilenia Colon Mendoza, Bonnieblue Rodriguez-Valentin, Anita Gabbard, Rosemarie Timothy, Angela Neri, Christine Pugh, Neel Shah, Jacob Bonne, Arian Bryant, Emily Stettner, Rhonda Hall

Program Overview

The Leadership Empowerment Program is designed to provide leadership development opportunities for selected higher education employees who are from under-represented minority identities, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQ. LEP Scholars are encouraged to continue to explore diversity and inclusion topics through ODI trainings, events, and discussions.
LEP graduates have become Vice Presidents, Provosts, Directors, and other high-level administrators at various institutions of higher education.
Although there is no guarantee that scholars will receive promotions, the Leadership Empowerment Program has helped many higher education professionals achieve their goals.


  • Monthly seminars on leadership, communication, business skills, and career planning totalling a year of professional development and growth
  • Mentoring from a UCF leader to further develop professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as a means of reaching career goals
  • Learning to organize, sponsor, and implement a Leadership Institute at the end of the program in the spring semester
  • Career planning projects such as building a professional portfolio and completing a career map presentation
  • Network with the most talented leaders within the university
  • Professional Development Grants are awarded to participating scholars to use toward the professional activity of their choice


  • In-depth interview skills
  • Career progression plan
  • Personal branding
  • Developing mission & vision statements
  • Plan the Leadership Institute and a special leadership project
  • Teambuilding and team-leadingLearn more about the uniqueness UCF as an institution
  • Balancing work and family life
  • Business etiquette
  • Networking
  • Conflict management
  • Authentic leadership and integrity

Participant Eligibility & Selection & Application

Women and ethnic minority employees who have worked at UCF in a full-time USPS, A&P, or faculty position for at least three years are eligible to apply.

The program best serves employees whose next step would logically be in some supervisory capacity. Recommendations for participation are based on future leadership potential on measurable and attainable career goals and clear plans for further educational or professional development. The average class size is fourteen scholars per year.

If you are interested in joining this program, you can apply with The Office of Diversity and Inclusion by March 17, 2017 at 11:59pm. Please forward any questions to Karen.Morrison@ucf.edu We encourage all who are interested in applying for this unique experience and becoming apart of the UCF LEP legacy.

 About the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is a unit within the president’s division that was established in 1994 by President John C. Hitt. Our mission is to help UCF become more inclusive and diverse, a strategic goal. The unit facilitates this through programs and initiative that enhance cultural competencies, promote social justice, and provide opportunities for leadership development. Our students, faculty and staff colleagues, and community partners represent diverse peoples and perspectives across multiple generations.
Our vision is to position UCF as a center of excellence that is nationally recognized as a higher education model for its practices, policies, and attitudes in the areas of diversity and inclusion. At the heart of LEP and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is our belief in education, diversity, and teamwork as core values that enhance human resource potential across dimensions of difference. These values also contribute to a climate conducive to study, work, research, recreation and service.