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Thought Leadership: Courage Under Fire

February 7, 2024 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm EST

The ongoing contraction of higher education funding by state legislatures nationwide, the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action, and social unrest around various work events have highlighted the void in thoughtful and courageous leadership at multiple levels. The future of education and our greater society will largely depend on good leaders’ intentional, strategic decisions. Lyndon Pryor, a former student affairs professional turned nonprofit leader, will discuss the need and strategies for sound leadership in the face of attacks on education, equity, and intellectualism. Participants will be able to share their experiences and discuss actionable strategies for progressing equity in their communities. 

Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will be able to share their experiences and discuss actionable strategies for progressing equity in their communities.  
  • Participants will be able to identify issues of inclusion, inequity, and privilege in policies, programs, practices, and procedures.
  • Participants will gain tips on ethical and inclusive stewardship.
ACUI Core Competencies
  • Organizational Leadership 
  • Social Justice 
Registration Details
  • Campus Pass for Premium or Full Tier Member Campus: $199
  • Campus Pass for Digital Tier Member Campus: $249
  • Nonmember: $249

After the initial registration from an individual at a campus, others associated with the campus will be able to register at the $0 complimentary rate. Each person who wants access to event or resources following event should register individually. Members must be associated with the correct campus account to receive the $0 rate, where applicable; please contact acui@acui.org with questions or issues. 

Premium and Full Tier members may use a Thought Leadership Voucher toward this event. Please contact acui@acui.org with questions or issues. 

About the Presenter

Lyndon Pryor is the president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, a historic civil rights organization part of the National Urban League movement. He leads a team of dynamic individuals who are working to transform Louisville into a more equitable community for Black people and other marginalized populations through intentional work in jobs, justice, education, health, gousing, and Black business.  

Prior to his current role, Pryor spent eight years with the organization in various capacities, including as the chief engagement officer, where he helped to spearhead special projects like A Path Forward for Louisville, oversaw all communications areas for the organization, and enhanced the smooth and efficient integration of services to maximize the potential outcomes for every League participant. Pryor also created and led the League’s community health program, “It starts with me!” and helped to build and grow Louisville’s network of community health workers. Since then, he has helped to establish policy positions, internal data systems, and key infrastructure support for the League’s work. 

Before arriving in Louisville, Pryor was a student development specialist at Texas A&M University, where he worked to assist students in their personal growth and build their professional competencies and leadership skills. Pryor provided critical leadership, supporting students by creating programs that effectively merge academic and practical experiences. 

Pryor is a proud former student of Texas A&M University, where he received his B.S. in political science. He also received his M.A. in education and human development from GWU. He is a husband, father, and an avid believer in the potential of all, and that communal knowledge enhances individual growth.

About Thought Leadership

Thought leadership events bring in experts from outside of higher education to share information on industry best practices, trends, or research that assists college union and student activities professionals to do their work on campus.