The Leadership in Health Equity for American Indian Research Development program (LEAD) supports incoming first-year students and transfer students with the tools they need to succeed at the University of Arizona. LEAD is a one-year mentoring program for AI/AN students that provide a welcoming and supportive learning environment. As part of LEAD, you will receive:
Coursework and training in college life management and health equity
Educational enrichment through skills building
Leadership development training and community service opportunities
Research enrichment coursework, training, and peer and faculty mentorship
Cultural integration activities to honor AI/AN traditions
Networking opportunities to build friendships with other AI students
All expenses covered for a one-week workshop
Financial incentives for capstone project upon completion
LEAD Program Eligibility Criteria
American Indian/Alaska Native tribal member
Accepted into the UA
Available to attend the pre-semester orientation program
1st-year freshman or Community college transfer students
FAQ about LEAD:
What is the LEAD application deadline?
The priority deadline is June 16, 2023. However, we are accepting applications on a rolling basis.
How long does the LEAD program admission process take?
The first round of applications from June 16th will be reviewed in late June. Students will know if they were accepted into the program beginning mid-July.
When will I find out if I am accepted into the LEAD program?
Mid-July will notify accepted students if you turn in your application on June 16th.
How can I check that all my application material has been received?
You can either Agnes Attakai at email email@example.com or email Tashina Machain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who may participate?
American Indian/Alaska Native tribal member Accepted into the UA Available to attend the Mandatory pre-semester orientation program July 1st-year freshman or Community college transfer students.
Benefits of participation?
Math, science, writing, learning skills assessment, and training
Leadership skills development
Cultural & Traditional Knowledge activities
Academic, cultural, spiritual, and practical mentorship
Research capstone project & service learning
Stipend for participant support
Financial aid advice and college life management
Gateway to Opportunities
What are the next steps I should take after being accepted into the LEAD program?
Be sure to keep your acceptance email on file for your records. Submit your profile picture. Be sure that you take any surveys that are sent to you. Keep in contact with LEAD staff on any changes you encounter. Finally, be sure to keep on the lookout for the orientation dates.