University of California, Riverside

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UC-CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative

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OP has partnered with CORO Northern California, a nationally respected nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership development organization, to offer an experiential leadership training program designed to enhance leadership skills and foster relationships, networking, and collaboration across UC.

The UC CORO leadership development program leverages inter-campus and cross-functional involvement from the design, development, and execution of initiatives. This program is designed for directors and above. Participants are given field study opportunities to work on specific campus or medical center leadership initiatives. UCR has had the most faculty involvement and has experienced rich learning due the diversity of knowledge each member brings.

Program Components

The UC–CORO program is a one-year program and  is scheduled to run from January 2019 to November 2019 (North and South) including graduation.
  • Twelve full-day interactive seminars held on various campuses, including Campus Field Exploration sessions which involve gathering information to gain improved understanding and appreciation of strengths and challenges facing campus leaders and departments
  • A two-day systemwide People Management Conference
  • Logic Study: Creating a culture of collaboration
    • Examine the complexities of an organization or department
    • Create understanding of the leadership styles in/of the group
    • Establish the group as a framework of learning for participants
  • Small work groups throughout the session
  • Practicum: Participant identifies a small group within the organization to use as a laboratory through which to explore various leadership tools

Benefits of Participating

  • Enhanced leadership abilities through exposure to and practice with a broad array of leadership tools and concepts that emphasize self and group awareness, interpersonal communication and insightful analysis of resources and systems. Participants will demonstrate:
  • A deepened connection to peers and colleagues and an on-going network of leaders that transcends boundaries across UC
  • Increased knowledge and ability to initiate positive change and innovation across all levels of UC
  • Improved connection between people in the cohort that will yield collaborative partnerships across the system

 Participant Nomination Criteria

  • The 2019 UC-CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative will be offered to 40-50 high performing senior staff administrators from across the UC system. The participants will form a Northern California cohort and a Southern California cohort. Each cohort will follow the same curriculum which includes location exploration sessions where participants will interview location leaders and have the opportunity to visit and learn about the institution. This provides a direct opportunity to get a sense of the physical, intellectual, administrative and cultural nature of multiple University of California campuses.
  • This leadership program will focus on the benefits of inter-campus and cross-functional collaboration and is tailored for individuals at the Director level and above who report to cabinet-level leaders
    • The program is rigorous and requires a firm commitment of approximately 100 hours of seminars and intersession assignments. A group project requires an additional time commitment of approximately 40 hours.
    • Graduation will take place in December 2019
  • Following notification, participants will be asked to complete a nominee questionnaire along with pre-work.


The nomination period for 2019 has closed. Please check back for the next registration period.

  • Each UC campus is allotted a finite number of slots.
  • Selected nominees and their direct supervisors are notified of their selection and the details of the program and confirm that they are able to participate.
  • Final confirmations from OP are communicated to participants and nominators once final.
  • Nomination Form

  • Self-Nomination Form


Northern and Southern California cohorts will meet separately. Project presentations and graduation will include both cohorts.

Northern California Cohort Session Locations

ANR, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, LBNL, UC Merced, UCOP, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz

Southern California Cohort Session Locations

ANR, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside


The cost of the program is $5,000 per participant; plus related travel expenses.

Additional Information

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Jadie Lee, Associate Vice Chancellor, UCR Human Resources at or by telephone at (951) 827-1431.

2019 UCR CORO Leadership Collaborative Participants


Title Contact
Monica Carson Chair and Professor, Biomedical Sciences

(951) 827-6089

Richard Debus Professor, Biochemistry (951) 827-4434
Xiaoping Hu Chair and Professor, Bioengineering

(951) 827-2925

Andrew Larratt-Smith Ombudsman (951) 827-5678
Jacqueline Norman Campus Architect (951) 827-6316

2018 UCR CORO Leadership Collaborative Participants




Guillermo Aguilar

Department Chair and Professor
Mechanical Engineering

(951) 827-2899

Iryna Ethell

Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
School of Medicine

(951) 827-2186

Erith Jaffe-Berg

Theatre, Film and Digital Production
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS)

(951) 827-4418

Jeanette Kohl

Associate Professor
History of Art
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS)

(951) 827-5919

Marko Princevac

Associate Dean, Student Academic Affairs
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering

(951) 827-2445

Amit Roy-Chowdhury

Chair and Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

(951) 827-7886

Christian Shelton

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

(951) 827-4643

Sally Tavizon

Assistant Dean
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Graduate School of Education

(951) 827-6280

Ertem Tuncel

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Dean, Graduate Division
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

(951) 827-7718

Albert Vasquez

Executive Director
Enterprise Risk Management

(951) 827-4378

Elaine Wong

Associate Professor, Management
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program
School of Business

(951) 827-4255

Resources for 2018 UC-CORO Leadership Collaborative Participants

2017 UCR CORO Leadership Collaborative Participants




 Allison Cantwell Assistant Vice Chancellor
Institutional Research
 (951) 827-3296
Jay Farrell

Associate Dean, Academic Personnel
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

(951) 827-2159

Ian Foster

Director, Stewardship & Donor Relations
University Advancement

(951) 827-1234

Elizabeth Mondragon

Interim Senior Director, Student Health
Counseling and Case Management/CAPS Director
Student Services

(951) 827-5531

 Andy Plumley Assistant Vice Chancellor, Auxiliary Services
Housing Services
(951) 827-7726
Marie Schultz Vice Chancellor, Development
University Advancement
(951) 827-7311
Resources for 2017 UC-CORO Leadership Collaborative Participants
Southern Cohort - "UC Leveraging Leadership Initiative: Faculty Leadership Skill Assessment"

Resources for 2016 UC-CORO Leadership Collaborative Participants

Resources for 2015 UC-CORO Leadership Collaborative Participants

UC-CORO Leadership Collaborative Resources

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Please note: CORO participants are nominated by cabinet members

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