Leading as a Man of Color in Higher Education



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Learn key strategies for success in leadership as a man of color.


Men of color who aspire to leadership roles often encounter microaggressions, isolation, uncertainty as to where to find allies, and frustration when unconscious bias of colleagues shows up in the workplace. In this 2-hour discussion, Myron Pope, Vice President of Student Life at the University of Alabama, will share his strategies for building relationships, navigating politics, and mitigating the impacts of microaggressions to strengthen your position as a leader and influencer in higher ed.


Who Should Attend

Aspiring and current leaders at all levels from across all areas of higher ed who are men of color will benefit from this training.

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June 9, 2021

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern


Finding Allies

One of the most critical things you can do as an aspiring or current leader is to find allies on campus. This is especially true when you are new to an institution. In this first section, we will discuss how to build relationships across the university, find commonalities with various groups, and how to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.



Navigating Politics

While higher ed continues to evolve, men of color still find that politics can waylay their endeavors, particularly in predominantly white institutions. In this section, you will hear strategies to help you learn the organizational structure of an institution, key questions to ask, and how to better understand the culture in which you work.



Working through Microaggressions and Bias

In this section, we will discuss strategies for navigating the unfortunate microaggressions and bias that men of color still encounter both in the university and within the community at large.


Portrait of Myron Pope

Myron Pope

Vice President of Student Life, University of Alabama

Myron earned three degrees from the University of Alabama and is a native of Sweet Water, Alabama. He returned to UA in 2020 after a distinguished higher education career in Oklahoma. He served in student affairs and enrollment management roles at the University of Central Oklahoma, including 14 years in vice president positions.

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