AUCD Leadership Academy

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The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) and the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) are proud to present the
2nd Annual AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
at Georgia State University: June 24-29, 2018

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WHAT IS THE AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY?

The AUCD Leadership Academy is a week-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network to build coalitions to improve systems of supports and services. The Leadership Academy seeks participants from UCEDDs, LENDs, and their disability partners to come together to immerse themselves for a week of study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development. Participants will engage with their cohort, Academy staff, local coaches, and national allies in the year following the experience. The Academy will focus on the exploration of shared values and commitments to civil and human rights, assessments of personal and leadership strengths, skills in building partnerships to achieve collective impact, and establishing personal and professional leadership goals.

 

WHERE WILL THE AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADMY BE LOCATED?

The AUCD Leadership Academy will be held on the GSU campus at the Knowles Conference Center within the College of Law in downtown Atlanta.

 

WHEN WILL THE AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADMY TAKE PLACE?

June 24-29, 2018.

 

Applicant Accommodations and Support

To ensure equal opportunity and access to the AUCD Leadership Academy that will provide reasonable auxiliary aids, services, language translation, and alternative formats to applicants and trainees. Please send an email to aucdacademy@gsu.edu or call (404) 413-9334 or fax (404) 413-1012. For more information, please visit www.cld-gsu.org.

 

Final application deadline: March 2, 2018

AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY YEAR AT A GLANCE

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WHAT TO EXPECT: CONTENT AREAS

Courage and Renewal (Courage to Lead)

Courage to Lead comes from the Center for Courage and Renewal, which was founded by Parker Palmer. It is a framework for groups that is designed to facilitate self-reflection and connection for the purpose of building leadership. The training will also support participants’ resilience and integrity to sustain their commitment to solving complex social issues and also create a community of leaders and advocates that recognizes and honors differences and diversity.

History of Disability and Civil Rights

Trainees will learn about the history of disability and other civil rights movements. The trainees will participate in presentations on the evolution of disability policy and learn about current issues in national policy and implications for states. Facilitated discussions will center on topics such as advocacy, independent living, and the Disability Rights movement today. Throughout the week, trainees will have an opportunity to tour historical sites such as the National Center for Human Rights, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, the Carter Center, and much more to learn more about the history of disability and civil rights.

Building Partnerships and Collective Impact

Trainees will participate in experiences designed to increase their knowledge and skills related to forming and maintaining successful partnerships that feature alliances across organizations and perspectives. Trainees will be exposed to Collective Impact, a model that is used to help people and organizations come together to solve complex social problems.

Self-Awareness and Leadership

Trainees will reflect on their personal commitments and style of leadership. Trainees will also complete strengths assessments which will be processed during the in-person training and utilized in the development of personal leadership goals.

Participants are expected to participate in a variety of learning opportunities:

  • Short readings designed to orient trainees to core concepts prior to the in-person training
  • Webinars occurring before and after the in-person training
  • Strengths assessment activities
  • Visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Leadership Coaching and Leadership Self Reflecting ALLY relationships
  • Individual and group-based reflection
  • Group discussions and structured forums
  • Goal setting

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE AUCD LEADERSHP ACADEMY?

  • Develop participants’ self-awareness of leadership strengths.
  • Provide a forum for discerning professional and organization values, vision, and core commitments.
  • Support participants’ resilience and integrity to sustain a commitment to solving complex social issues.
  • Create a community of leaders and advocates that recognizes and honors differences and diversity.

WHERE WILL THE AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADMY BE LOCATED?

The AUCD Leadership Academy will be held at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, GA on June 25-30, 2017.

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP COACHING?

Leadership coaches will serve as local supports and models for trainees, helping them to translate their leadership skills into action. Prior to their meetings, at the in-person training event, trainees will identify leadership goals that are connected to activities that are integral to his/her work and commitments. These goals will not be in supplement to their expected responsibilities.  Coaches will model leadership skills, deliver strengths-based feedback, provide psychosocial support, aid networking, and facilitate problem-solving.

 

Coach Responsibilities

  • Participate in an orientation designed to introduce coaches to the AUCD Leadership Academy and its coaching component
  • Support trainee in growing leadership skills and achieving leadership goals identified via participation in the AUCD Leadership Academy (see above for more information about goals)
  • Model leadership skills, deliver strengths-based feedback, provide psychosocial support, aid networking, and facilitate problem-solving
  • Meet formally at least 4 times; also provide at least one opportunity for trainee to observe the coach’s leadership skills and observe the trainee once

WHAT IS A LEADERSHIP SELF-REFLECTION ALLY?

Leadership self-reflection allies (“allies”) are peers and faculty from the Leadership Academy. Monthly phone calls will provide support for cintinued reflection and growth in regards to leadership skills. Our goal is for allies to support continued development as leaders, contributing to each individuals’ continued self-reflection and growth.

Ally Responsibilities

  • Monthly telephone call
  • Reflecting upon leadership strengths and weaknesses and growing leadership skills