Webinar to Launch UCLA University Women’s Leadership Academy Explores “The Courage to Lead”

Discussion on Nov. 19 to highlight courage and flexibility among ELP alumnae at universities.

The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the UCLA University Women’s Leadership Academy (UWLA) will present the webinar, “The Courage to Lead: Narratives of University Women in a Time of Crisis,” on Thursday, Nov. 19, 5-6 p.m. PT. The webinar is sponsored by a dynamic new program for university mid-career women who desire to have a greater influence in their universities, to expand their leadership capacities and to navigate observable and hidden aspects of their campuses.

According to Linda Rose, Ph.D., Director of UWLA, a fundamental belief behind the Academy is the conviction that courageous women supporting each other can increase women’s impact on university outcomes including access, equity and inclusion. The goal of the Academy is to assist women to lead effectively in times of calm and crisis. The Academy’s inaugural program for university mid-career women will commence in February 2021.

The link to the UWLA website is https://gseis.ucla.edu/education/academies/ucla-university-womens-leadership-academy-uwla/.

The webinar, “The Courage to Lead: Narratives of University Women in a Time of Crisis” poses two critical questions:
– What helps a woman leader succeed in meeting the challenges of a crisis?
– What helps a woman leader pivot with new strategies when her first responses to a crisis are not successful?

ELP alumna Lea Jarnagin, Ed.D., is the interim systemwide director of Student Wellness & Basic Needs Initiatives, for the California State University. Courtesy of CSU Office of the President

The webinar’s panel will be moderated by Lea Jarnagin, Ed.D., interim systemwide director of Student Wellness & Basic Needs Initiatives, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management for the California State University system. Panelists include Lupe Navarro-Garcia, Ed.D.,assistant vice chancellor of Student Academic Support Services, UC Santa Barbara; Lisa Loberg, Ed.D., director of Study Abroad at Loyola Marymount University; and Anne Dela Cruz, Ed.D., director of the Human Resources & Payroll Operations Center at UCLA. All four panelists are alumni of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies’ Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership.

 Lisa Loberg, Ed.D., director of Study Abroad at Loyola Marymount University, is an ELP alumna. Courtesy of Loyola Marymount University

Linda Rose, Ph.D., director of UWLA, says that “The webinar’s panelists have different types of university roles, but ones in which they have all had to make crucial decisions during ongoing crises that impacted outcomes of their universities.”  

In her role in the California State University system, Jarnagin provides leadership, management, and oversight for best practices’ programs and services that enhance holistic student wellness, access and success. She is a passionate advocate for equity and access for all students and has dedicated her professional journey to serving the students of the CSU.  

Prior to her employment at LMU as the director of Study Abroad, Loberg created California Lutheran University’s study abroad center. She was co-founder of the nonprofit organization, Lessons From Abroad, which provides resources, programming, and regional conferences to study abroad returnees throughout the United States. 

ELP alumna Anne Dela Cruz, Ed.D., directs the Human Resources & Payroll Operations Center at UCLA. Photo, UCLA

Dela Cruz coordinates strategic planning and implementation of process improvement initiatives, with an emphasis on building a joint team across the service centers, in collaboration with Campus Human Resources unit directors as well as campus client department stakeholders.  Her leadership roles at UCLA have included executive director for Student Affairs, Initiatives/Student Affairs; deputy director with the UCLA Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Office; assistant dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Admissions in the UCLA Graduate Division; and assistant director and operations manager for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Professional MBA Career Management Center. Dela Cruz was the inaugural director of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity at the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. 

ELP alumna Lupe Navarro-Garcia, Ed.D., serves as assistant vice chancellor of Student Academic Support Services, UC Santa Barbara. Courtesy of Lupe Navarro-Garcia

Navarro-Garcia is a member of the Student Affairs’ executive leadership team at UC Santa Barbara. She oversees academic services that support student retention and does extensive work on inclusion, advocacy, and support for diverse communities. Her tenure has included overseeing initiatives that led to new departments and resource centers. She has also worked with student and administrative partners to launch UCSB’s new Office of Black Student Development. 

To attend, “The Courage to Lead: University Women’s Narrative in Times of Crisis,” on Thursday, Nov. 19, register at this link.

For a PDF of the event flyer, click here.