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


Contact information:


Tashina Machain

Outreach Coordinator




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 agnesa@arizona.edu or email Tashina Machain at tmachain@arizona.edu

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

How do I apply to the LEAD program as an incoming freshman or an incoming transfer student entering the Fall 2023  semester?
By filling out our online application HERE, or download the application and have it postmarked by June 16, 2023.

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.