LEP provides opportunities for selected faculty and staff to gain career-enhancing skills and experiences in today’s changing educational environment. The  program engages scholars in an exploration of leadership principles and strategies, professional skills, and higher education issues through self-reflection, mentorship, engagement with dozens of guest speakers, and project development. See Sample LEP Projects.


2018-19 LEP Online Application is Closed.


The UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion congratulates these rising stars for their commitment to their careers. Their advancement benefits the entire UCF community.


LEP Class of 2017-2018

Dr. Anya Andrews, Director of Research and Associate Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine
Dr. Anya Andrews, Director of Research and Associate Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine
Dr. Po-Ju Chen, Associate Professor, Rosen College of Hospitality
Kalpana Deva, Compliance Coordinator, Research & Commercialization
Veena Garib, Associate Director of Employer Relations, Career Services
Renée Grigor, Talent Acquisition Manager, Human Resources
Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Professor and Faculty Excellence Coordinator, College of Health and Public Affairs
Margaret Mlachak, Program Manager of the Operations Unit, Office of the Provost
Dr. Lindsay Neuberger, Associate Professor, Nicholson School of Communication
Jerron Parker, Assistant Director, Housing and Residence Life
Josefina Rosario, Senior Admissions Specialist, Undergraduate Admissions
Dr. Jennifer Sandoval, Associate Professor, Nicholson School of Communication
Andrea Snead, Sport Clubs and Adaptive Recreation Coordinator, Recreation and Wellness Center
Jessica Squires, Assistant Director, Global Perspectives
Dr. Stephanie Vie, Department Chair, Department of Writing and Rhetoric
Deborah Watkins, Admissions Specialist, Undergraduate Admissions


Who is eligible?

Employees from under-represented minority identities, such as women, people of color and LGBTQ,  who have worked at UCF in a full-time USPS, A&P, or Faculty position for at least three years from their date of employment by July 1 of the current year are eligible to apply for the Leadership Empowerment Program.


What are the Benefits?

  • Monthly Seminars – A core of seminars is designed around specific themes relevant to higher education administration in general and professional development. Combined with focused learning experiences, these seminars serve as the foundation upon which LEP scholars tailor the program to meet their individual needs and career goals.
  • Mentors – Participants will be assigned a mentor to work with them to further develop their professional knowledge, skills and abilities during the program.
  • Leadership Institute – The annual leadership institute, offered during the spring semester and managed by the LEP class, features a variety of leadership workshop sessions. It also allows members of the current class to present elements of their LEP project or career map.
  • Graduation Reception – LEP graduates and their supporters will celebrate the successful completion of the program with a certificate and reflections on the year of growth.
  • Graduates of the program are eligible for a one-time waiver of search for a position at UCF.

Need more information?

Contact Dr. Cyndia Muñiz

(407) 823-6478 or
e-mail at LEP@ucf.edu