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Administrators of Color Leadership Program

Administrators of Color member group

2021-2022 Update from Aaron Reader

Hello future AOC cohort members,

On behalf of the AOCLP Advisory Board and Highline College, we would like to provide you with an important update. Since the program was initially paused due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are pleased to announce that it will resume summer 2022 with the intention of maintaining the AOCLP's envisioned design of being centered on "face-to-face" experience, relationship building, and peer learning.

Program planning will begin in the new year, and new updates will be provided at that time. Please visit the Administrators of Color Leadership Program website for the most up-to-date information on program changes and dates for 2022-23.

Aaron Reader, Vice President of Student Services at Highline College

Administrators of Color Leadership Program

The Administrators of Color Leadership Program is designed for community college educators of color (full time faculty, program managers/directors or those in an associate dean/dean position) in Washington's community and technical college system whose career interest focuses on assuming increasingly more responsible administrative positions, with the ultimate goal of becoming an executive leader of a community college. The program is intended to develop a pool of highly qualified Administrators of Color, and to assist them in attaining high-level positions in our community and technical college system, thus creating a more robust pipeline to executive level positions. 

Program participants will gain leadership skills and strategies through the following:

  • Understanding leadership competencies required of aspiring leaders.
  • Understanding the role of critical race theory, cultural competence, equity, inclusive education and diversity as related to leadership as Administrators of Color.
  • Understanding the role of leadership in student success - challenges and opportunities.
  • Understanding change leadership within higher education.
  • Understanding their own leadership style and capabilities, professional development needs, and develop a plan to achieve their desired career goals.

2019-2020 Retreats 

Retreat Date and Location
Summer Retreat Aug. 19-21, 2019 - Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine
Fall Retreat Oct. 29-30, 2019, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Davenport Hotel, Spokane
Winter Retreat Jan 23-24, 2020, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Hotel Interurban, Tukwila
Spring Retreat Apr. 21-22, 2020, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Holiday Inn Downtown, Yakima

Current Retreat

Details for the next retreat.

Past Retreat Materials

Meeting materials and handouts for past retreats.

Advisory Board and Participants

Membership information including Advisory Council contacts and current year participants.


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Currently a full time faculty member, program manager/director or in an associate dean/dean position in Washington State's community and technical college system.

All participants are required to attend all four retreats, as this interaction supports both the the cohesion and relationship-building of the participants. The fall retreat is where mentor/mentee pairing will take place.

The program includes:

  • Four face to face meetings (summer, fall, winter and spring).
  • Professional career plan preparation.
  • Critical Race Theory/Racial Formation Theory frameworks.
  • Mentoring.
  • Detailed assessment of leadership skills.
  • Networking with System leaders and other Administrators of Color.

Registration is now closed for the 2019-20 Administrators of Color Leadership Program.

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