CNWL Academic Management Institute

Colorado Network of Women Leaders’ AMI Applications Now Open


Please encourage full-time CSU employee women to apply for this year’s Academic Management Institute (AMI). The institute will begin its 36th year in October 2021 and serves women in higher education from Colorado and Wyoming. The program is designed for staff and faculty women who show potential to assume or advance in leadership positions in higher education and at CSU.

AMI is the signature leadership training program of the Colorado Network of Women Leaders (CNWL), the regional affiliate of the American Council on Education.

The year-long institute is composed of four sessions (over 6 days) featuring presentations and workshops delivered by higher education leaders and subject experts from Colorado and Wyoming. Topics for this year’s institute include responding to equity needs, engaging issues of diversity and inclusion, developing effective leadership and management skills, managing emergencies, navigating campus politics, and enhancing campus-wide strategic planning.

Sessions will be mostly virtual with special breakouts for in-depth discussions as well as networking and building connections. Additionally, each participant will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge by completing a project at their home institution and by interviewing senior level administrators on campus. There will also be an optional opportunity to attend the AMI Reunion on June 10, 2022, which is hoped to be held in person.

The 2021/2022 dates and seminar topics are:

  • October 14-15: Inner Workings: Understanding Higher Education & Leadership Today (Zoom)
  • November 19: Your Strengths as a Leader in Higher Education (Colorado School of Mines – Golden, CO)
  • January 21: Meaningful Engagements with Campus Culture (Zoom)
  • March 3-4: New Directions in Higher Education (Zoom)
  • *Optional* June 10: AMI Reunion (Location TBD)

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity has approved funding for a small cohort of CSU employees selected as AMI participants. This includes the AMI registration fee that covers the cost of the seminars.

Interested individuals should submit two documents to the selection committee:

1)   A personal letter of interest that details:

o   Involvement in leadership activities, especially within one’s department/unit/division at CSU

o   Positive influence of one’s leadership on CSU community

  • Note: Leadership manifests in many different forms and styles – we want to learn about the unique and important value you bring to our community

o   Demonstrated commitment to CSU’s Principles of Community and strategic University priorities, values, and initiatives

o   Demonstrated commitment to developing awareness, skills, and knowledge around diversity, equity, and inclusion

o   How participation in AMI will support career goals in higher education

o   Current CSU employee classification (state classified, administrative professional, faculty) and years of service

o   This letter must also confirm the applicant’s commitment to attending all four required sessions of the Institute.

2)      A current resume or vitae

Please note, priority may be given to applicants with two or more years of employee service at Colorado State University.

These items should be sent to Dani Diaz at by 11:59 pm on Monday, September 6th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ria or Dani via email.

Ria B. Vigil

Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence