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UC Merced Leadership and Career Enhancement Program for Staff of Color

Program Overview

The Office of Campus Climate is pleased to announce the Leadership and Career Enhancement Program (LCEP) for Staff of Color. This pilot program, funded by the Healthy Campus Network, is designed to foster a more equitable and inclusive work environment for staff members and to support their professional development and career progression.

The intention is for LCEP to become a regular program with many cohorts at different levels of the University. This is only one tool for career and succession planning. Others can be found on the Human Resources website.


Requirements and Timeline

LCEP is a series of six two-hour group workshops.
Participants are required to attend all six  sessions, a 90-minute one-on-one executive coaching session and complete all assigned work. Supervisor support is essential to the success of this program. Applicants must have their supervisor’s approval to participate in the program.

Workshop sessions times are 8:30 to 11 a.m. on the dates below:

  • Monday, April 1 
  • Monday, April 15
  • Monday, April 29
  • Monday, May 13
  • Tuesday, May 28 (due to Memorial Day holiday)
  • Monday, June 10

Executive coaching sessions are June 10-12, 2019.

Applicants selected for the program and their immediate supervisor will attend a pre-workshop orientation. Orientation date and location are to be determined.

The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Selected individuals will be notified by March 4, 2019.

Please follow this link to complete the application webform.


Target Audience

LCEP is best suited for high-potential individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Three or more years of service at UC (career status) as of the application deadline;
  • Three to five years experience managing a unit or program;
  • Received a “meets expectations” or better on most recent performance evaluation;
  • Involvement in campus committees or projects;
  • Demonstrated desire to progress at the institution;
  • Willingness to support others in their own career growth.
  • Have demonstrated at least some indicators of high potential:
    • Highly motivated to pursue their own professional development
    • Has potential as successors for key roles in the organization
    • Has demonstrated success in achieving results with a team
    • Open to feedback and coaching
    • Shows leadership qualities
    • Has a learner mindset
    • Demonstrates emotional intelligence



Morris & Associates, LLC - Principles: Linda Williams, Associate Chancellor Emeritus for UC Berkeley and Ann Briggs Addo, Senior Associate.
Read Linda Williams' biography.
Read Ann Briggs Addo's biography.


Contact for Further Information:

De Acker, Director
Office of Campus Climate
Phone: 209-228-2598

Donna Birch Trahan
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Analyst
Office of Campus Climate