Princeton University’s

Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs

Junior Summer Institute

A Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute allowed students to attend the Public Policy and International Affairs with a full scholarship. Students nominated by Princeton participated in a seven week institute focused on developing critical public policy skills.

Rodrigo Blanco Rojas participated in the 2009 Junior Summer Institute.

The MA Program in Educational Leadership at
New Mexico Highlands University

The Ben Luján Leadership Fellows program at New Mexico Highlands University prepares participants to be leaders in all levels of educational organizations. Participants take courses in selected subjects, such as school reform, systems thinking, instructional leadership and educational vision with an emphasis on cultural competence as it relates to the unique needs of New Mexico school communities.

The Institute offers scholarship opportunities that allow practicing professionals to participate in the New Mexico Highlands University Educational Leadership Masters Program.

Interested applicants should demonstrate:

  • A strong interest in strengthening teaching and learning for all students in Northern New Mexico
  • A commitment to exemplary practice and providing equitable outcomes for all learners
  • A background of successful experiences teaching culturally and linguistically diverse student populations and in holding leadership positions in school or community settings
  • A commitment to advocacy for students, schools, families, and communities

Required Core Courses
(Coursework will be offered in Española)

ED LD 600: Leadership Exploration - 3 Credits
ED LD 625: Educational Leadership & The Principalship - 3 Credits
ED LD 698: Internship I & Internship II - 6 Credits
ED LD 680: Reflective Leadership - 3 Credits
Total Hours Required: 15

Emphasis Area
(Complete 4 of 6 courses)

ED LD 615: School Finance & Budget - 3 Credits
ED LD 620: School Law - 3 Credits
ED LD 630: School Community Relations - 3 Credits
ED LD 640: Supervision & Evaluation of School Personnel - 3 Credits
ED LD 660: Change, Technology & Governance - 3 Credits
GEN ED 663: Principles of Curriculum Construction - 3 Credits
Total Hours Required: 12

Required Research Courses

ED LD 697/699: Field Project / Thesis - 1-3 Credits
ED LD 608: Research Seminar I - 1 Credit
ED LD 651: Research Seminar II - 1 Credit
GEN ED 605: Statistics for Educators - 3 Credits
GEN ED 610: Educational Research Interpretations - 3 Credits
Total Hours Required: 9

Application Process

Applicants must submit a completed application packet which includes the following:

  1. A copy of candidate’s New Mexico Level Two License
  2. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the candidate’s current school principal
  3. A personal statement of leadership goals
  4. A current resume
  5. Official transcripts from each college and university attended
  6. A brief essay not to exceed 500 words addressing the following:
    • Describe your experiences teaching culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and the role education leadership plays in supporting opportunities for these students in the future.
    • Describe how participation in this program will help you improve teaching and learning in northern New Mexico.

Send application packet to:

Ben Lujan Leadership Fellow Program

Ron Martínez

Deadline: Open