DIAL - Diversity in Auxiliary Leadership

In today’s competitive landscape, institutions must attract leaders who bring a wide variety of professional and personal experiences to the table. To support this need, NACAS is excited to introduce the Diversity in Auxiliary Leadership Program (DIAL).

DIAL will support individuals from historically underrepresented groups (i.e., people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and disabled people) to advance in leadership positions within the auxiliary services & higher education profession.

Applications for DIAL are Now Open!

The DIAL program is fully-funded and underwritten through generous scholarships

Accepted scholars will receive the following complimentary benefits:

  • Quarterly virtual networking and leadership development programming with the cohort
  • Mentorship from senior leaders in auxiliary services and higher education
  • All fees covered for the CASP program registration, exam prep, and exam fees
  • One complimentary Conference Registration, and travel and lodging to C3X for special programming & conference participation
  • NACAS membership dues waived for one year for non-member institutions

There is no cost for DIAL scholars who are accepted into the program. DIAL is underwritten through generous donations provided by the NACAS Foundation and the following scholarship funds: Mereese Ladson Scholarship, David H. Lord Scholarship for Exemplary Community Service, NACAS Central Past Presidents Scholarship, and Hassmiller CASP Scholarship.

What is DIAL

The DIAL program is a 2-year commitment with a cohort format that brings up to 15 individuals together for their leadership development journey. Selected participants will receive a scholarship from a competitive application process.

Program Goals

  1. To advance the careers of DIAL scholars and to accelerate their institution’s success.
  2. To provide individuals from identified under-represented groups in the auxiliary services community with access, support and opportunities for leadership.
  3. To provide the higher education industry with increased access to a diverse pool of talented leaders.

Who can apply

  • DIAL candidates must be a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, LGBTQ+, or a person with a disability who is currently employed as a mid- to senior- level auxiliary services professional.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated professional, volunteer, or community service leadership experience and fully commit to all DIAL scholarship benefits.
  • NACAS membership is not required, but preference will be given to current NACAS members.

Corporate Support

The DIAL program would not be possible without financial support and resources of NACAS Business Partners.

The following outlines branding for corporate supporters:

  • Logo inclusion on all branding and marketing of DIAL (emails, onsite events, print materials, etc.)
  • Company message on DIAL webpage sharing support of DE&I values
  • Joint press release announcing company’s support of DIAL
    Special recognition in College Services magazine as well as on the NACAS website

The following thought leadership and activation opportunities:

  • Host an annual virtual webinar for DIAL scholars on mutually agreed content and learning objectives
  • One (1) dedicated email per quarter to all NACAS members
  • Two (2) C3X full registrations
    Opportunity to host a DIAL reception at C3X*

Investment: $10,000 per year (2 year financial commitment)

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact us

*Sponsor is responsible for the cost of food & beverage

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

Mentors will help guide program participants through their leadership journey.  The Mentor must be in a senior level position in auxiliary services and commit to participating in recurring meetings with the Mentee as schedules permit.  Although the commitment is for the duration of the two-year program, it is our hope that lifelong connections are established through mentorship.

Submit your Application Today!

Thank you for your interest in the NACAS Diversity in Auxiliary Leadership Program (DIAL). DIAL is committed to supporting individuals from under-represented groups to advance in leadership positions within the auxiliary services and higher education profession.

To be considered for the scholarship to participate in the program, please complete the application and attach the following:

1) Your resume
2) A recommendation letter from your supervisor
3) A letter affirming your commitment to the two-year program.

Please submit your application once you have all three of these required documents.

Deadline to submit is July 1, 2023