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The LEAD Fund Authors and Fellows Program 

Join Our "Think and Do Tank"


The Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund) is seeking undergraduate and graduate student presentations for its LEAD Fund Authors Program. The LEAD Fund was established to provide thought leadership in promoting inclusive organizations and institutions through research and education on issues related to diversity, social responsibility, human and civil rights. The LEAD Fund is a “Think and Do” tank, which advances new knowledge and tested strategies aimed at eliminating prejudice and discrimination.

Consistent with its Public Education program, the LEAD Fund conducts research on persistent and cutting-edge issues that expand the body of knowledge in diversity, equal opportunity law and social justice policy, and provide effective strategies and best practices to ensure access and opportunity for all. The LEAD Fund Authors Program emphasizes “Diversity in Action” and is committed to promoting undergraduate and graduate research that advances new understandings and tested strategies aimed at expanding organizational or institutional knowledge of access, equity, and diversity.

LEAD Fund Authors are selected among a diverse pool of applicants who present their work for consideration to the LEAD Fund. This is a competition. Selected presenters will become LEAD Fund Authors and will have the opportunity to have their presentations published by the Fund. If their research is chosen for publication, LEAD Fund Authors will receive an honorarium.

LEAD Fund Authors’ presentations are intended to disseminate fresh ideas on methods to promote access, equity, and diversity in employment, education and business/contracting. LEAD Fund Authors also have an opportunity to become LEAD Fund Fellows after graduation and to foster relationships with AAAED professionals.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be of undergraduate or graduate status, enrolled at a higher education institution.

  • Paper submissions must be relevant to advancing knowledge about access, equity, and diversity in domestic or international spheres.


Submission Criteria:

  • Include a 500-word maximum bio or curriculum vitae

  • Must have abstract and conclusion

  • Minimum, 20 pages: maximum, 30 pages

  • Accurate Citation, Chicago Style (Bibliography will be verified)

  • Appropriate Footnotes

  • Submission must focus on advancing access, equity, and diversity in domestic and/or international spheres

  • Consent to be published by the LEAD Fund

  • Submit today by emailing or

  • Consent to have the paper edited


The Fund also seeks undergraduate and graduate Interns for a semester or the entire year.


Individuals who are more experienced may submit their research and writing as a LEAD Fund Fellow.  For more information, please contact the Fund at

See the LEAD Fund Authors' Papers 

LEAD Fund Authors of 2017: Authors 2017

LEAD Fund Authors of 2018: Authors 2018 

LEAD Fund Author of 2021: Author 2021

This graphic is the cover page for a LEAD Fund Author's paper A Crisis of Mass Detention
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