Leadership Programs

Learning & Development coordinates a number of campus and system-wide programs to support UC Santa Cruz leaders and those aspiring to develop successful leadership skills. Our Leadership Development Programs for staff are at the heart of an integrated approach to developing and strengthening core management competencies at the University of California.


Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is offered once per year, with participants meeting weekly over a three month period between January and March. Each session highlights specific issues and challenges faced by leaders at UC Santa Cruz. Through presentation, discussion, and experiential learning, participants will broaden their understanding of how the campus operates while honing their leadership skills and abilities. The Leadership Academy provides a unique opportunity for participants to create new networks, and for dialogue with the Executive Vice Chancellor and other campus leaders. A few sessions each year are held jointly with the Graduate Student Leadership Program.

For more information on dates, eligibility, and the application process visit: Leadership Academy 2020


Management Skills Assessment Program

The Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) is offered in two cohorts, Fall and Spring, per year. MSAP is a four-day residential program designed to strengthen the engagement and preparation of high potential UC supervisors, managers, and professionals early in their careers. The program offers an intensive assessment and behavioral feedback experience. 

The goal of the Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) is to address skill deficits and grow competencies to prepare internal employees for future opportunities in their UC workplaces.

For more information on dates, fees, eligibility, and the application process visit: Management Skills Assessment Program


UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development

The UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) is a unique, experiential, systemwide professional development program for mid-career women that brings together participants from every UC location. Participants can be faculty, academic personnel, and staff, both people managers and non-people managers.

The program is sponsored by the President’s Office and the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW) and offered by Systemwide Human Resources in partnership with Coro Northern California and SACSW.

For more information on the 2021 program visit: UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development


For questions regarding these programs, please contact us at learninganddevelopment@ucsc.edu