Welcome to BRIDGES

The BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program offers UNC Charlotte faculty and staff the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership skills, knowledge, and networking in order to be successful change agents in their communities.

View Slides from the Virtual 2023 BRIDGES Information Session

2023 BRIDGES participants from Charlotte: Jessica Kapota, Courtney Hill, Carly Mahedy, & Wendy Fishman

BRIDGES is an inclusive professional development program dedicated to supporting cisgender or transgender women and nonbinary colleagues in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities, and/or individuals who demonstrate a commitment to supporting women and gender issues and equity in the academy. It is designed to help participants identify, understand, and build their leadership roles in the academy. Through an intensive program, participants will:

  • develop insights into leadership, with a particular focus on the special skills and attributes unique to leadership roles
  • acquire an understanding of the many facets of colleges and universities
  • build strategic negotiation skills, and
  • create a program of personal and professional development to benefit themselves and their institutions.

Who should participate? Individuals of any gender identity, from four-year North Carolina institutions of higher education, both public and independent, who want to position themselves for advancement in the academy and/or who demonstrate a strong interest or commitment to supporting women and gender equity in the academy, including:

  • faculty interested in developing their leadership skills
  • faculty looking to move into academic administration
  • administrators with managerial and supervisory responsibilities
  • administrators seeking a greater range of responsibilities

Fall 2024 Schedule:

SessionDatesLocation
Part 1: Developing a Transformational PerspectiveFriday, September 27, Noon – 6:00 pm AND Saturday, September 28, 9am – 5:00 pmChapel Hill/In-person
Part 2: Transforming for Continuity and ChangeFriday, October 4, Noon – 6:30 pm AND Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pmOnline
Part 3: Enhancing our Resources in a Transformational ContextFriday, November 1, Noon – 6:30pm AND Saturday, November 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pmOnline
Part 4: Transforming TogetherFriday, November 22, Noon-6:30pmChapel Hill/In-person
Reflection Time with Alumnae and GraduationSaturday, November 23, 9:00am-5:00pmChapel Hill/In-person
Times are tentative, more information will be available in March 2024

For more information, including program details and cost, you may also wish to visit the UNC Chapel Hill BRIDGES’ website.