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The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute

Exemplary Leadership

Creating a learning environment. Building collaborative partnerships. Strengthening commitment to results. Envisioning a brighter future.

About the institute

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The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute promotes the development of current and emerging leaders in academic institutions; other public, private and nonprofit organizations; and communities.

Consistent with the mission of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Institute is committed to identifying and nurturing the next generation of leaders through leadership training and public policy research.

Now Accepting Applications 

2020 HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program

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2020 Minority Political Leadership Institute

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Programs

VCU Leadership 

The VCU Leadership Development Program is a 10-month program designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and experience of current and emerging leaders who represent the academic and administrative units of the university and the VCU Health System.

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HIGHER Ground 

The HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program is a five-month experience for current and emerging women leaders who are committed to investing in themselves and their organizations.

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MPLI

The Minority Political Leadership Institute is an intensive, eight-month experience designed to promote leadership development for individuals interested in issues important to minority communities, including community economics, political climate, civic engagement and racial equity.

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Department Chairs

Consistent with the goals of all leadership programs offered by the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, the Department Chairs Certification Program strengthens general leadership skills while also providing very specific information relevant to the department chair role.

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It is important to have a strong knowledge base of one's subject and a willingness to share that knowledge with others."

Grace E. Harris, Ph.D. (1933-2018) 
Distinguished University Professor