Leadership Program

Diversity, equity and inclusion matter! Diversity brings a variety of thoughts, ideas, viewpoints, perspectives, experiences, skills, knowledge and practices to the workplace and fosters a positive environment where everyone has the opportunity to flourish.

About Leadership Emory & Henry

The Leadership Emory & Henry leadership development program invites students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including first-generation students to enhance and develop key leadership skills in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. The program provides participants who may have experienced educational disparities with opportunities to increase awareness through leadership development, civic engagement and social justice advocacy.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Emory & Henry College embraces the intersectionality of the human experience and includes qualities such as race, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation and first-generation status in higher education, economic status and veteran status. Important socially and historically marginalized attributes reflect the complexity of our ever-increasing diverse student body, local community and worldwide population.

Leadership Emory & Henry is sponsored by the President’s Office and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging.

Outcomes of the Program

  • To motivate participants to develop and enhance quality leadership knowledge skill and ability
  • To increase awareness of diversity, equity & inclusion at school, work, home, play and in the community
  • To enhance diversity in the classroom, workplace, church, and community
  • To be advocates who are committed to making structural and systemic changes to existing systems of oppression
  • Provides an inclusion setting for discussions, events and support on the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, civic engagement, and social justice
  • Helps participants to develop skills, approaches and theories needed in the exercise of leadership that brings about leadership for social change and policy advancement
  • Fosters an environment where participants and others can come and talk about concerns and questions as well as bring ideas to create programming, informal discussions and community-wide events that celebrate the richness of the College community and the greater Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church service area

Email Rev. Sharon Bowers, Interim Associate Chaplain at sbowers@ehc.edu if you would like to participate or learn more about Leadership Emory & Henry.