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The Stryker Institute for Leadership Development is a participation-based scholarship program that serves women from under-represented groups and supports scholars in their identity and leadership development.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • providing access to educational opportunities focused on identity development, social justice, leadership and mentorship
  • cultivating a sense of belonging through connectedness and community
  • empowering women through encouragement and facilitation of personal growth
  • establishing a network of support through collaboration with campus and community partners

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 Our program prepares students to develop a leadership identity that enables them to create positive social change and advocate with purpose. 


We envision a world in which leaders bring awareness to social injustices and find liberation in dismantling systemic barriers that prevent us from achieving our goal of thriving in an equitable society.


As a result of being a recipient of the Stryker scholarship, Stryker scholars will be able to:

  • identify and define at least two of their social identities
  • explain privilege and oppression within a societal context through an intersectional lens
  • describe how their leadership is influenced by their core values and identities they hold
  • demonstrate the use of mentoring techniques applied through a mentor and mentee relationship
  • identify an injustice that resonates with their identities and create a plan to enact positive social change


We approach our work with the following values:

  • Celebrating the unique intersecting identities of each scholar and the strength of our collective voice in positively impacting our families and communities
  • Maintain an open-mind to explore and find healing in telling our stories
  • Cultivate individual and collective success of women/transwomen through social justice and leadership development
  • Support an inclusive learning environment where dissonance and differences are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as a source of strength
  • Demonstrate diligence and accountability as we challenge ourselves through identity exploration to become better advocates