Info Sessions & Workshops for Prospective Students

Info Sessions

The UCLA Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) information sessions are a great opportunity to get to know the program in detail. Alumni from past cohorts share their experience and answer questions from potential applicants. We also discuss the application process, tuition fees and PLI scholarships.

These info sessions are for prospective students interested in applying for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please register for the sessions.

Face-to-face Info Sessions

Moore Hall on the UCLA campus
Parking is available in Lot 2, which is about a 5-minute walk.

Online Info Sessions

Please register for a link to the web meeting.

Statement of Purpose Workshops

These writing workshops are intended to provide assistance as you work on your Statement of Purpose essay for the Principal Leadership Institute application.


Moore Hall on the UCLA campus
Parking is available in Lot 2, which is about a 5-minute walk.


If you have questions about any of the meetings, please contact Nataly Birch at .

Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) Alumni

My experience with PLI was deeply insightful and an opportunity to examine and understand by own privileges, biases and stereotypes. The first summer course with Dr. Cooper was the perfect choice to set the trajectory of the program. PLI broadened my outlook and allowed me to understand how systemic racism and organizational structures that are created to uplift white people are embedded in our schools, communities, and country, and how these negatively impact the lives of people of color and those form lower socioeconomic communities on a daily basis. PLI gave me the tools to feel empowered to engage in difficult conversations that address these issues and work towards become an agent of change.”

Faiza Seedat
Faiza Seedat

Participating in UCLA Principal’s Leadership Institute provided me the opportunity to understand that most of the challenges we face in education are structural rather than instructional. The UCLA Professors pulled back a veil obscuring inequity hidden within the blueprints of the school system and with each class provided a new set of tools to rework the structure in collaboration with parents, students, and teachers. After graduation, their coaching network continues to support me personally and professionally as I advocate to change the rules for our students and community. Thank you PLI!”

Eilene Vasquez

Leading for Justice

Applying for the 2023-24 academic year?

The application will be available from mid-September, 2022 through February 1, 2023.