Executive Office •Box 1963 • 133 Waterman Street • Providence, RI 02912

April 8, 2020
Dear Students,

First and foremost, it is my hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy as we all navigate a new reality as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. This is an unprecedented time and the severity of the pandemic is impacting many aspects of our lives. In the midst of this health crisis, I want you to know that we are here for you and we have come together, as an alliance, to develop new opportunities to continue supporting your academic and professional development. 

Thoughtful deliberations among the Leadership Alliance community of faculty and administrators have informed opportunities that are grounded in our ongoing commitment to developing underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, the public and private sectors.  Following these deliberations, I am writing to announce that at select institutions and for specific programs, the Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), will move to an online platform.  It is important to note that this is not a one size fits all approach and the opportunities will vary by institution. Please check with the program coordinator to determine whether the institution where you have been accepted will be able to participate in the online SR-EIP. Please understand that we are all still working out the details of a virtual summer research experience and will communicate program-specific updates in the coming weeks.

We congratulate you on your acceptance into the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP as it demonstrates that you are an excellent scholar who shows tremendous promise. We understand the disappointment of not being able to participate in a summer research experience, whether it is in person or online. Whether your program has been cancelled or is moving on online, we are developing an online professional development program to continue providing opportunities for you to connect with the Alliance community and develop skills to help you transition to your next step. We will also be sharing information on how to indicate your acceptance to the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP on a CV or resume whether or not you are able to participate in programming this summer. 

Updates about the online SR-EIP and professional development programs will be communicated on our website, . I invite you to stay connected and build community on our online networking/mentoring platform, In fact, check out my latest post. I hope you will enjoy it!

I would like to thank and acknowledge the efforts of the Leadership Alliance faculty and administrators and the Executive Office staff who are helping us to navigate these challenging times. I am confident and optimistic that we will get through this together and emerge as a stronger Alliance. 

With hope and respect,

Medeva Ghee, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Leadership Alliance
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Behavioral and Social Sciences 
Brown University
133 Waterman Street; Box 1963
Providence, RI 02912