Leadership Program

SACNAS Leadership Programs

SACNAS is proud to offer two programs as part of our on-going leadership initiatives. Our goal is to develop the next generation of underrepresented minority STEM leaders whose leadership contributions will serve to strengthen and unify our communities at the local, national and global levels. The institutes prepare participants to assume leadership roles in the global scientific community by offering advanced strategic trainings that develop critical leadership skills.

2016 Timelines

2016 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI)

Application Submission Window: April 18 - May 9, 2016
Institute Date:
July  18 - 22, 2016
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, DC

Learn more about SLI.


2016 Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI)

Application Submission Window: April 15 - May 2, 2016 
Institute Date: 
June 8-10, 2016
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD

Learn more about ALI.




What SACNAS professionals are saying...

"The Institute was transformative. I will highly recommend it to everyone. Thank you for the honor of being chosen to participate."
- 2010 Leadership Institute Participant

"Whenever I tell people about SLI I emphasize the quality of the Institute, the strength of the network among participants, and the focused commitment to minority leadership."
- Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Washington: Class of 2011


SLI Video


Overview: Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) 

The Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) provides premier training for motivated underrepresented minority (URM) scientists, laying the foundation for them to lead institutional transformation.Developed in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the SLI is an intensive five-day course featuring small group exercises, keynote speakers, leadership development planning, networking opportunities, and extensive community building among selected participants.

Program Goals

  • Offer an unparalleled curriculum that focuses on issues specific to the needs of underrepresented minority (URM) science leadership.
  • Establish and support a rich network of leadership-minded URM scientists.
  • Provide participants with take-away tools and individual planning to leverage leadership advancement at their home institutions.


  • Must be a SACNAS member at the time of application submission
  • Doctorate degree required
  • STEM field preferred
  • Postdocs and professionals in academia, industry, government, and non-profits are invited to apply


See our FAQs sheet. Questions? Email [email protected].

Overview: SACNAS - HHMI Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI)

Developed in partnership with HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), the Advanced Leadership Institute builds on the curriculum of the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) preparing SLI alumni for expanded leadership roles by diving into the core leadership competencies needed to become leaders in their organization.  

Program Goals

  • Provide the next generation of top-level leaders among URM STEM professionals the skills they need for advanced leadership.
  • Equip SLI alumni with tools based on current business approach to increase SLI alum presence in government, higher education, and industry.
  • Train SLI Alumni to leverage networks to enhance their spheres of influence.
  • Prepare SLI Alumni for future executive team leadership at an institutional level. 


  • Must be a SACNAS member at the time of application submission
  • SLI Alumni
  • Open to mid-career professionals with at least six years of professional experience (including postdoc fellowship)


Questions? Email [email protected].