Multi-Ethnic Leadership Development Institute


The Multi-Ethnic Leadership Development Institute (M-E LDI) is targeted to emerging leaders of color from across all CCCU campuses. Approximately 20-22 emerging leaders of color will be selected to participate in the M-E LDI.

 The next M-E LDI event will be June 5-9, 2022.

From June 5-9, 2022, the CCCU will again offer a unique opportunity for individuals of color who might aspire to pursue broader leadership responsibilities to gather for the Multi-Ethnic Leadership Development Institute at Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center (located near the Canadian border in Sumas, WA). Our goal during these days together is to create opportunities for conversation, provide supportive networking, and equip Christian leaders of color with the knowledge to discern their professional path in Christian higher education. The sessions will include, but are not limited to, what it means to be a cabinet-level leader, best leadership practices, and understanding/responding to competing campus interests in diversity discussions. We invite applications from current faculty and staff of color who sense a giftedness and calling to consider and/or advance into leadership roles within their Christian campuses. Facilitators will be senior-level CCCU leaders, offering a program that combines substantive leadership content in addition to time for reflective soul-care in a prayed-over setting that invites hearing God’s voice and direction.

This institute will include the following components:

  • A year-long leadership development program that begins with the Institute at Cedar Springs (circumstances permitting)
  • An individually-tailored “shadowing” experience of 2-3 days with a senior-level leader on another CCCU campus
  • Professional networking with 20-22 current and emerging leaders
  • Discussion of cutting-edge leadership issues
  • A one-on-one meeting with a Resource Team member to outline a year-long Professional Development Plan
  • Opportunities to interact about Leadership Lessons, Case Studies, and Best Practices from within and beyond Christian higher education

An application is required to participate.


“M-E LDI is nothing short of divine intervention for leaders of color looking to identify and address challenges that will help them make progress towards fulfilling their calling. The unique blend of impactful Spirit-led devotions, professional workshops, deep conversations, and unforgettable time with peers is a perfect formula for personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Attending M-E LDI has been a life-altering experience.”

“The M-E LDI allowed me an opportunity to learn more about myself, my leadership potential, and the next steps that I need to take in my professional development. It was more than gaining new information; instead, it provided a new perspective on how I can serve better His kingdom, and going through this process with others who have a similar journey was invaluable. I would recommend the M-ELDI to anyone who seeks using his or her skills to make a more significant impact on the lives of the next generation through Christian higher education.”

“The M-E LDI was not only helpful to my professional development as a person of color and a woman, but I also realized that it was a place for my soul to be refreshed. As whole people, we cannot neglect the care of all of ourselves for the sake of the communities that we serve. We cannot give what we do not have.”

“The M-E LDI experience will twist, stretch, press and grow any individual. The best part however, is at the end of the M- E LDI journey – you realize that you were transformed without even noticing.”


Applications Deadline: February 28, 2022
Applicant Decisions: March 15, 2022
Registration Fee Due: April 15, 2022

Covid-19 Accommodations

Participants will either have been vaccinated or provide a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before participating.


Upon notification of the acceptance of your application for the workshop, you will be required to immediately register to attend the workshop.

Registration Fee: $500
All-inclusive Lodging (single room) and Meals:  $490

Cancellation Policy
You may cancel your full registration or any special event associated with your registration at any time prior to the start of the program.  Please note that a cancellation will not result in a return of funds.  If your register and fail to attend an event, no funds will be returned.  If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us at 202.546-8713.

Application Process for 2022

Preference will be given to applicants who: (1) hold a doctorate or are actively considering/pursuing doctoral studies; (2) are recognized as “up-and- comers” with demonstrated leadership skills and the potential for future senior-level leadership; (3) provide evidence of increasing levels of leadership responsibility within and/or beyond higher education.

Accepted applicants must agree to be actively engaged in the following program components:

  • Completion of their specific institute-related readings
  • Participation in the entire June Institute at Cedar Springs
  • Development and fulfillment of a year-long Professional Development Plan
  • Interaction with a Resource Leader to identify a tailor-made shadowing site and mentor

Submission of a written shadowing report upon completion of the campus visit.

Step 1

Please respond briefly to each of the following questions (no more than one page per question):

  • Describe your higher education leadership experience in faculty and/or administrative roles, indicating evidence of increasing areas of responsibility.  Also, please describe what you discern to be your gifts and abilities that allow you to be effective in leadership.  In what specific ways have your leadership gifts been affirmed by others?
  • Identify and briefly describe three individuals who have been, or have the potential to be, professional mentors to you in higher education. Explain what characteristics have led you to include each of these three individuals (e.g., attributes and abilities you deem to be important in such a mentor) and note what current relationship, if any, you have with each of these individuals.
  • Describe briefly your professional, personal, and spiritual goals for the next three-to-five years as you consider the possibility of administrative leadership in Christian higher education. Briefly describe those areas that you perceive to need strengthening as you consider future leadership roles. Please incorporate your preliminary thinking about the components that might be important to you in your shadowing experience and year-long Professional Development Plan.

Each application must be uploaded in Word format only, submitted electronically and include the following:

  • The application cover sheet with personal information completed. Please include the following on your cover sheet:
    • Full Name
    • Title
    • Current Institutional Title
    • Institution
    • Years in Higher Education Teaching/Administration
    • Work Telephone with Extension
    • Work Email
    • Cell Number
    • Date of Submission
  • Your responses to the three questions listed above (no more than one page per question)
  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae (no more than three pages)
  • Two letters of reference to be submitted directly by those recommending the applicant. (See below instructions.) Recommendations from participants of previous CCCU Leadership Development Institutes are also encouraged but not necessary.

Registration Deadline – February 28, 2022

Please email your completed application and C.V. directly to Nita Stemmler at:

Step 2

Complete the M-E LDI Application Online Form and upload your application and CV.

Step 3

Referees will submit their letter using the form below.  Please direct your referee to this webpage.


  • One letter of reference from a senior-level administrator (current or previous) who is familiar with your professional abilities and leadership potential
  • One letter of reference from someone in higher education who knows you well and is qualified to address areas of competence and potential, character, areas of giftedness, and spiritual maturity

Reference letters should be submitted directly by the referee and separate from the application by the deadline.

We will not be accepting paper copies via mail.

Special Note:  If you are accepted, a “head shot” digital photograph that could be used in compiling a booklet of 2022 M-E LDI participants will be requested.

Important Forms for M-E LDI Participants

Location and Transportation

The entire workshop program will take place at the Cedar Springs Retreat Center. The closest airport to the Cedar Springs facility is Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport (SEA). A charter bus will transport participants to and from Sea-Tac airport only (cost is included in your registration fee). Participants must arrange their own transportation from any other airport.


Resource Leaders

Keith Hall

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
Azusa Pacific University, CA

Joe Jones

Fresno Pacific University, CA

Wayne D. Lewis, Jr

Houghton College, NY

Michelle Loyd-Paige

Executive Associate to the President for Diversity & Inclusion
Calvin College, MI

Ted Song

Chief Diversity Officer
John Brown University, AR

Shirely Hoogstra

Shirley Hoogstra

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
Washington, DC

Karen Longman

Professor, Department of Higher Education
Program Director, Ph.D. in Higher Education
Azusa Pacific University, CA