Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance is a national consortium of 34 leading teaching and research colleges, universities, and private industry. The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.

The Leadership Alliance was established in 1992 to address the shortage of underrepresented minorities in graduate programs at competitive universities. Both Brown University and Tougaloo College were among the 23 founding members of the Alliance and this partnership that spans more than two decades continues to be mutually beneficial.

The goal of the Leadership Alliance is to encourage students from underrepresented groups to seek careers that require training in research in a variety of disciplines and fields. Through the Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), the Alliance offers opportunities for undergraduate research in the biological, physical and social sciences as well as the humanities. The Alliance also hosts a national symposium and employs strategies designed to motivate and move its alumni in and through graduate training and professional apprenticeships to compete for positions in the academy as well as the pubic and private sectors.

Thirty-seven percent of students from Tougaloo College who participated in the SR-EIP have completed advanced degrees. SR-EIP alums who completed a PhD are known as Doctoral Scholars and half of all Tougaloo Doctoral Scholars completed their advanced degrees at Leadership Alliance institutions. Fifty-seven percent of Tougaloo Doctoral Scholars are now in tenure track faculty positions. They are mentoring a new generation of undergraduates and assuming leadership roles within the Alliance consortium.