Navigating the academic arena should be a transformative and rewarding one. It is here where we explore our future career paths and lay the foundation for our future endeavor, sadly for many, this is not the case. Unpleasant interactions occurring within the academic setting, albeit personal or symbolic, has the potential to derail one from their academic pursuit. How we respond to these experiences at the college level greatly influences whether or not we persist, ultimately impacting our career plans. This conversation is one of the many topics explored at the Leadership Institute of Gifted Minds.
The Leadership Institute of Gifted Minds believes that knowledge, self-awareness and historical understanding must be present in order to arrive at a more comprehensive approach to the framework of equity. The Institute is an organization focused on leadership development where young scholars forge their own identities, identify strengths and create collective knowledge to positively impact social change addressing society’s most pressing issues.
Under the auspices of the Leadership Institute of Gifted Minds, Diplomas to Doctorates, a selective program open to scholars ages 13-18 are provided leadership training through thorough examination of the Black and Brown experience and their contemporary status legally, politically and economically. The program offers transformational experiences and opportunities bringing young leaders face-to-face with prominent leaders of color through workshops and lectures, extending access to lifelong mentorships.