Dr. Jennifer Borland, Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative at Oklahoma State University, completed the 2019 HERS Institute at Wellesley College, MA in March 2019. HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) is a leadership development and research organization dedicated to women in higher education.
Borland joined 63 competitively selected women leaders from across the United States and Canada to partake in the intensive, residential leadership development program at Wellesley College. The HERS Institute was created to proactively fill the higher education leadership pipelines across the United States with dynamic women—and provide participants with the opportunity to develop their individual leadership strengths to boldly lead change on their campus and in their role, while also expanding their knowledge of the national higher education landscape to become even stronger assets to their institutions.
Each attendee of the HERS Institute is required to complete a self-designed Leadership Project for their respective institution, which serves as a personal case study that pursues organizational change on campus. Borland’s Leadership Project is the development of a humanities center focused on interdisciplinary collaboration at OSU. The arts and humanities are thriving at OSU, and a humanities center would help bring greater visibility to that work while also connecting people to develop new and innovative research projects.
Borland has been serving as the Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative since 2016. Her participation in the HERS Institute was sponsored by the OSU President’s Fellows Leadership Initiative and the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Founded nearly 50 years ago, HERS was created to fill leadership pipelines across the United States with dynamic women, each capable of ushering their respective institutions into a more inclusive and equitable future. Through various programs that support women in every stage of their careers, HERS provides program participants with transformational experiences and opportunities that result in stronger institutions of higher education. To date, more than 1,400 institutions of higher education are represented within the HERS network.