2019 Ujima Institute

November 07 – November 09, 2019
Florida Atlantic University

The inaugural 2019 Ujima Institute is designed for African American and Black higher education professionals who aspire to senior student affairs officer roles and faculty positions, including the cabinet-level vice president for student affairs positions at colleges and universities. The Institute is appropriate for emerging leaders in associate director, director, assistant/associate dean, dean, and AVP roles. This three-day, cohort-based institute offers an intensive, challenging, and collegial learning environment for student affairs professionals as they develop culturally relevant leadership skills that leverage their unique ethnic heritages and histories and prepare to lead increasingly diverse institutions.


About Ujima

Ujima is the third principle of Kwanzaa and embodies an active commitment to the collective and to shared liberation. Inherent to the principle of Ujima is sharing in one another's achievements and hardships. Ujima, as a practice, assumes that the reconstruction of the history and humanity of the African diaspora is a fundamental part of the struggle for human liberation. 

The principle of Ujima serves as the foundation for this institute, which has been envisioned and developed by senior level leaders committed to investing in building successive generations of student affairs leaders with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to build vibrant, diverse, global, and socially just higher education environments. 

about the institute model

In this cohort-based institute, participants will learn from senior student affairs leaders, who will share their journeys, lessons, and advice. To facilitate learning and enrichment, participants will be grouped for some parts of the institute into functional level tracks and for other parts of the institute into reflection groups called tribes. 

This professional development pathways program is designed for self-identified Black and African American student affairs professionals with three or more years of higher education administrative experience. The application process will include an online form and submission of a current CV/resume. 


  • Chart a plan for professional growth that address key competencies, career discernment, and personal values

  • Experience safe space to share and strategize about navigating institutional challenges and politics with integrity and cultural alignment

  • Develop mentoring relationships with senior student affairs leaders invested in your success


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Mid-Level


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  • David E. Jones, Ed.D., Institute Co-Director

    David E. Jones, Ed.D., Institute Co-Director

    Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center
    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Faculty Bio

  • Crasha Townsend, Institute Co-Director

    Crasha Townsend, Institute Co-Director

    Director of Inclusion and Engagement
    Washington and Lee University

    Faculty Bio

  • Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D.

    Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D.

    Faculty Bio

  • Brian McGowan, Ph.D.

    Brian McGowan, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Higher Education
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    Faculty Bio

  • Robert N. Page, Jr.

    Robert N. Page, Jr.

    Faculty Bio

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