SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute


This initiative will provide the future leaders of tomorrow with the experience, skills and training they need to succeed, and ensure the leadership of the SUNY system reflects the strength of the Empire State’s communities.

Andrew Cuomo

Governor, New York

Hispanic Leadership Advisory Council

The Institute is guided by a 15-member advisory council comprised of   recognized state and national leaders who embrace and support the increasing diversity of our population, the critical mission of the Institute, and the importance of enhancing the diversity of our State’s and nation’s leaders.

Click here to learn more about the Advisory Council.  (Coming Soon)


Steering Committee 

Dr. Jason E. Lane, Executive Director, SUNY’s SAIL Institute; Dean, School of Education, UAlbany

Teresa A Miller, Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY

Ms. Zulaika Rodriguez-Awoliyi, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Presidential Recruitment, Evaluation and Development, SUNY

Bette Bergeron, Provost, SUNY Potsdam

Susan J. Zimmermann, Provost, SUNY Cobleskill

Karen Ferrer-Muñíz, Dean of Instructional Support Services and Retention, Hudson Valley Community College

Kristin L. Croyle, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, SUNY Oswego

Hector Graciano, Associate Dean of Adjunct Services, Professional Development, and Online Education, Westchester Community College

SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute

As the largest comprehensive public system of higher education in the United States, SUNY has boldly committed to become the most inclusive University System in the country; where all students, faculty and staff feel welcome and supported. Importantly, SUNY understands that to truly meet its goals, the University must employ, in addition to faculty and staff, leaders at the highest levels who share common experiences and culture with those who comprise the fastest growing segment of its student population: students who will become our next generation of Hispanic/Latinx leaders.

We understand that enhancing the proportion of Hispanic/Latinx leaders in our universities will require more than just a willingness to engage Hispanic/Latinx candidates. It will take solid and continuing investment to demonstrate to emerging and current Hispanic/Latinx leaders SUNY’s commitment to their success and to ensuring a collaborative and welcoming environment in which they can continue their professional growth.

The SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute is designed to identify, develop and recruit, and ultimately support, retain and foster the success of Hispanic/Latinx leaders at the University President and President’s Cabinet level (Provosts, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Business Officers, etc.).

SUNY’s Hispanic Leadership Institute is a joint initiative of SUNY’s SAIL Institute and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with generous support from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Our Mission

To identify, foster, and support the development and retention of current and emerging Hispanic/Latinx leaders for an increasingly diverse university system and nation.

Our Aim

To increase the engagement, competitiveness and participation of Hispanic/Latinx leaders for State University of New York (SUNY), New York State (NYS) and national administrative and leadership positions, and to increase the awareness and education of other SUNY, NYS and national leaders concerning the increasing need for engaging and fostering the development of Hispanic/Latinx leaders.

Our Vision

To be a nationally recognized, effective, and high quality center of excellence for the identification, development, and retention of current and emerging Hispanic/Latinx leaders in higher education.

HLI Fellows in the News

University at Buffalo Now article, “UB faculty members named to second class of fellows of SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute” published March 15, 2019 by Sue Wuechter




For More Information

Learn more about the 2020 Hispanic Leadership Institute Fellowship experience, including dates and times, the two track options and costs/fees.


If you have any questions, or would like to know more about whether the SUNY HLI Fellowship program is for you, please contact Kimberly Bobb, HLI Project Coordinator.

Phone: 518-445-4040

Who Should Apply for a SUNY HLI Fellowship?

There are no strict guidelines as to who should apply for the SUNY HLI Fellowship, although the program is restricted to full-time employees (faculty and staff) of SUNY, whose application is approved by their immediate supervisor. However, the program is best suited for those individuals that have already demonstrated leadership and administrative experience, and are on a career path to higher levels of administrative and leadership responsibility within the university, consistent with the aim of the Institute.  

To Nominate a Colleague: 

To nominate a colleague for an HLI Fellowship, email a letter of recommendation and a copy of the nominee’s resume/CV to attention, Kimberly Bobb, Project Coordinator by October 4.  The deadline for the nomination and all supporting documentation (Letters of Recommendation, Supervisory Approval, Resume and/or CV) is 11:59 pm, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, October 15, 2019.  Once the nomination is received, the nominee will be contacted and instructed to complete the application information via the HLI Application Submission Portal.

Instructions to Self-Nominate/Apply:

The application process is completely electronic via the Hispanic Leadership Institute Application Submission Portal (

Using your SUNY Sign In, enter the portal and complete all questions provided in each tab. Use this application whether nominated to participate or you wish to apply directly. Incomplete applications cannot be submitted. Please follow the instructions provided and submit the additional materials as requested. 

The deadline for the application and all supporting documentation (Letters of Recommendation, Supervisory Approval, Resume and/or CV) is 11:59 pm, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, October 15, 2019.

As you go through this process, if you have any questions, or require more information, please contact Kimberly Bobb, HLI Project Coordinator at or call 518-445-4040.