Garrett and Olivier newest Leadership and Mentoring Institute graduates

The Leadership and Mentoring Institute (A Division of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education – AABHE) meets the needs of San Jacinto College employees by providing professional development and diversity training.  As one of the College’s values, diversity remains a key priority and offers its continued support of the Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI). This organization prepares African-Americans and others committed to diversity for senior leadership positions in higher education by providing a forum to acquire skills, knowledge and networks to facilitate their aspirations.  Dr. Laurel Williamson, Dr. Allatia Harris, Dr. Brenda Jones, Dr. Bill Raffetto and Van Wigginton are supportive on selecting qualified applicants from our College to attend this weekly conference.  This year’s participates were Dr. Carla Garrett, college prep professor, and Dr. Tyler Olivier, biology professor.  The annual conference is normally held at an HBCU, and this year it was held in Houston, Texas, at Texas Southern University from July 8 – 14.

As a benefit to colleges and universities, the Institute focuses on helping African American leaders to acquire the skills necessary to help move their institutions forward. Previous San Jacinto College LMI graduates are Dr. Lamar McWaine (2012), Ronald Hopkins (2013), Dr. Alexander Okwonna (2014), Dr. DeRhonda McWaine (2015) and Tonja Conerly (2017).

All of the previous graduates showed support for the Institute as they were here in Houston.  Dr. Alexander Okwonna had a lead role at this year’s Institute as a workshop presenter and other responsibilities.  Ronald Hopkins and Tonja Conerly attended the conference luncheon on Saturday, July 14th to provide College support to the two newest LMI graduates, Dr. Garrett and Dr. Olivier.  Congratulation to them both!

If you are interested in attending LMI in the future, contact Dr. Lamar McWaine or visit their website at