Leading Institutional Units and Programs

Leading Institutional Units and Programs | Inclusive Excellence (LIUP) is a year-long leadership development program aimed at expanding the capacity of mid-level faculty and staff to lead effective units and programs while keeping in mind the goals of diversity and inclusiveness. Grounded in theories and evidence from higher education, psychology, and sociology, LIUP prepares Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School faculty and staff to develop the knowledge and competencies necessary for planning, implementing, and sustaining institutional transformation.

Through participation in nine interactive workshops throughout the year, program participants will work collaboratively to identify the unique challenges higher education leaders face and develop competencies and best practices to advance their vision. 


  • Building Institutional Capacity
  • Reframing Higher Education Leadership
  • Intercultural Dialogue
  • Organizational Culture and Climate
  • Systems Thinking
  • Managing Toxic Campus Conduct: Legal Strategies
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Conflict Resolution and Interest-Based Negotiation
  • Administrative Structures in Higher Education

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of LMU’s Catholic/Jesuit/Marymount mission and identity
  • Use strategic thinking to solve complex problems
  • Build exceptional teams
  • Demonstrate leadership best practices that create and maintain inclusive university environments
"Leading Institutional Units and Programs is a tether that keeps us on the ascent to productive interaction, mission-based and individual achievement, positive outlook, and mindfulness in our interactions with colleagues.Progressing through the leadership program at LMU is like learning to use a sextant and currents to navigate. But instead of navigating the world’s oceans, we learn to understand our colleagues’ behavior, university policy, and the nature of human interactions. We learn what to expect, how to steer, and, especially, how to weather the storms. The Vice President for Intercultural Affairs drew me under her leadership wings, like an eagle nurturing her fledglings then nudging them to venture out into the world while she makes sure they have the skills needed to thrive in diverse environments.

The leadership program is a safe place to discuss difficult problems. Most importantly, it lays out a model for successfully and productively conducting university business and ensuring personal growth."

-- Leading Institutional Units and Programs participant, Stephanie E. August


For any questions about LIUP, please contact Joseph Bernardo at joseph.bernardo@lmu.edu or (310) 338-1698.