LEAD Fellows Program



We invite you to submit nominations for the new LEAD Fellows program administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. LEAD Fellows are campus champions who engage and lead crucial conversations around improving organizational learning and campus climate.LEAD fellows image

LEAD Fellows support and advance UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan goal of cultivating a diverse and inclusive university community that encourages respectful, open dialogue and challenges itself to take bold actions that will ensure learning is accessible. Fellows receive extensive training to provide leadership and to ensure diversity and excellence across campus.

LEAD Fellows are expected to

  1. Attend the following:
    1. A four-hour orientation; and
    2. Eight two-hour training sessions.
  2. One-year commitment after training, with quarterly ongoing development sessions.
  3. Ongoing conversation and leadership in educational opportunities across campus.

At the end of the LEAD Fellowship, participants will be versed in the theory and practice of equity, diversity, and inclusion and be equipped to support and champion strategic equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in their departments/divisions and throughout UC San Diego.

Individuals may apply directly, or may be nominated by their supervisor. To nominate an individual, email the name and contact information of the nominee to LEADFellows@ucsd.edu. Preference will be given to those employees whose positions are covered by the Management and Senior Professional (MSP) personnel program.

Administrative leave with pay has been approved so that employees may participate in this important campus-wide initiative. Supervisors are asked to allow employees to participate, as long as the absence does not infringe upon the performance of required job duties or patient care.

If you have any questions, please contact Shaun Travers or Edwina Welch.

We appreciate your nominations for UC San Diego Leaders for Equity Advancement and Diversity (LEAD) Fellows.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Becky Petitt
Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


If you have been nominated, please click here to submit your LEAD Fellows Participant Questionnaire!