AUCD Leadership Academy

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About the Training

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in partnership with the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University (GSU) is pleased to announce the AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY.

The cost for the week-long Academy will be $1,000. This does not include the cost of travel or hotel.

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.

Leadership Academy Curriculum 

Courage to Lead and Circle of Trust

  • Courage to Lead and Circle of Trust will serve as an organizing framework for the leadership content, which is grounded in the work of Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. This framework:
    • Is rooted in community organizing with historically disenfranchised groups
    • Incorporates extensive experiences with leadership identity, learning, growth, and sustained effort toward solving complex social issues
    • Has a 20+ year history of utilization with cohorts of new, emergent, and established leaders
    • Provides a forum for exploring professional and organization values, vision, and core commitments
    • Supports participants' resilience and commitment to creating a community that recognizes and honors difference and diversity
    • Can be delivered within the time frame of the Academy while still leaving time for exploration of other UCEDD/LEND/disability organization topics

History of Disability and Civil Rights

  • We plan to visit the National Center on Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta to be followed by presentations and discussions that will focus on our shared commitment to social justice:
    • History of disability rights and independent living as movements
    • Evolution of disability policy
    • Current issues in national policy
    • State-level issues
    • Advocacy

Building Partnerships and Collective Impact

  • We will have presentations and activities led by leaders in the disability network, featuring:
    • Examples of successful partnerships that addressed multiple organizations and perspectives - universities, community partners, advocacy organizations, and provider agencies
    • Illustrating one of the tenets of Courage to Lead that leadership involves "creating the space where people can discover their resources"
    • Collective Impact provides a model for sustainable social change that identifies five necessary conditions:
    • Creating a common agenda
    • Developing shared measurement and metrics
    • Working in a manner that is mutually reinforcing
    • Communicating continuously
    • Establishing a backbone organization 
    • The model has been put forward as an alternative to work long-conducted in "silos" and often not leading to sustainable change