Dungy Leadership Institute

Would you like to meet other fellows from across the country? Does participating in a six-day leadership institute aimed at developing your leadership skills, enhancing your cultural competencies, and preparing you for a career in student affairs sound enticing? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are encouraged to apply to be a part of the Dungy Leadership Institute (DLI). DLI is held annually on various university campuses and offers 32 select Fellows the unique opportunity to network with their peers and student affairs administrators serving as institute faculty representing the scope of NASPA's membership. The DLI not only provides an in-depth leadership development experience, but it also prepares Fellows for graduate work in student affairs/higher education. With the cost of food, travel, and logging covered, there is no reason for any Fellow to miss out on this life changing experience.

Please see the NUFP Events Page for more information about this year's DLI.

Interested in supporting the Dungy Leadership Institute? Here's how you can join the DLI family!
  • Attend DLI as a Fellow -  applications for the 2019 Institute are now open and due Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Host the 2020 DLI on your campus - applications will open in Fall 2018.
  • Lead DLI as our 2020 & 2021 Director - applications will open in Fall 2018.
  • Shape DLI as a faculty member for the institute - applications will open in Fall 2018.

Want to be notified about any of these opportunities? Email [email protected] and we'll send you a note when applications launch!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending DLI:

  • Fellows will demonstrate an understanding how their personal identities and histories have impacted their lives and their ability to work with others.

  • Fellow will demonstrate an understanding of the multiple paths to working in Student Affairs.

  • Fellows will demonstrate that they are able to find ethical resolutions to critical issues in Student Affairs through case study analyses and other assessment activities.

  • Fellows will demonstrate through written and oral presentations that they have developed the requisite writing, research, and speaking skills for entry into graduate school.

  • Fellows will demonstrate that they have developed the professional networking skills through their interactions with mentors, faculty facilitators, and other Fellows.

  • Fellows will examine and demonstrate that they have developed the cultural competency skills that are integral to the profession. 

Past DLI Experiences

2016, the ohio state university

2016 dli group photo

2015, stony brook university

2015 group dli photo

2014, University of Utah

group photo of students

2013, Iowa State University

2013 DLI photo

2012, Southern Methodist University

2012 DLI Group Photo

2011, University of Connecticut

Photo Forthcoming

2010, University of Illinois

2010 DLI Group Photo

2009, Seattle University

2009 DLI Group Photo

2008, University of Arkansas

2008 DLI Group Photo

2007, Texas A&M University

2007 DLI Group Photo


2006 NUFP DLI Group Photo

2005, University of Vermont

2005 NUFP DLI Group Photo

2004, Northwestern University

2003, University of Southern California

2003 NUFP DLI Group Photo

2002, Duke University

2002 NUFP DLI Group Photo

2002, The University of Hawai`i at Manoa

2002 NUFP DLI Group Photo

*This program was formerly known as the Summer Leadership Institute. In 2012, it was renamed the Dungy Leadership Institute after Executive Director Emeritus Gwendolyn Dungy retired.