The LEAD Fund Authors Program

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.

The LEAD Fund is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. It complements the work of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) through programs and activities that address a range of concerns, including affirmative action, equal opportunity, equity, access, civil rights, and diversity and inclusion in education, employment, business and contracting. The scope of the Fund’s activities is both domestic and international. The LEAD Fund places a special emphasis on the emerging demographics in the United States in all of its work.

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. Students submit their papers directly to the LEAD Fund. This is a competition. They may also present at the AAAED Conference in the form of a poster presentation. 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. Funding permitted, they may also be entered as presenters at domestic and international conferences including the Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium and the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations.

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, 15 pages: maximum, 20 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
  • Consent to have poster presentation available for AAAED national conference and relevant LEAD Fund events
  • Submit your research paper today by emailing
  • Consent to have the paper edited
  • Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions schedule beginning January 15, 2020.
  • To be considered as a LEAD Fund presenter at the AAAED 46th National Conference and Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 6 – 10, 2020, please submit an abstract proposal by April 15, 2020, to
  • To view examples of the LEAD Fund Authors’ work, please visit the webpages at: and

Please visit the each of these links for more information:


AAAED National Conference


LEAD Fund Campus Civility Project