2019 Alumni Association LEAD Council
In 2006, the state of Michigan passed Proposal 2 in order to ban affirmative-action influence in college admissions and hiring, essentially ending special support of underrepresented minorities. In response, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan started a scholarship program in an effort to increase diversity on campus, offering scholarships to qualified, minority students in need of financial aid.
Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Diversity (LEAD) Scholars create an inclusive learning community and support system for each other. Many LEAD Scholars are first-generation college students who enhance the academic environment and increase diversity on campus.
A council of volunteers for LEAD is essential to provide invaluable guidance toward improving the experience for LEAD Scholars, challenging the Alumni Association to explore ways to grow the community, and create new partnerships. Volunteers also actively assist in the identification and engagement of potential major donors to the Alumni Association and LEAD Scholars program.