Constance Diggs, the director of academic affairs and an adjunct professor in spiritual formation at Alliance Theological Seminary/Nyack College, was recently informed of her selection as one of 30 people who will participate in the new Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Women in Leadership Mentoring Program sponsored by the Lily Endowment, Inc. The group will meet March 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL. Ten experienced leaders were invited to provide mentoring for 30 younger women over a three-year period. The program will explore how the gifting of the mentees can best be used in serving the mission of their institutions and how their vocations can be developed.
“Mentoring the Next Generation of Leaders” is the theme of the gathering for women who already serve in leadership and want to expand their areas of professional development. Mentoring teams work together for three years in person and via video conferencing and the EngageATS online platform. A concluding conference will take place in 2023 to examine outcomes, share best mentoring practices, and contribute to literature on mentoring in theological education.
With a wealth of leadership experience, Constance Diggs is especially qualified to come alongside emerging leaders. As a cultural historian and non-profit professional, she founded Brown Diamond, a New York non-profit sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts whose mission is to preserve culture and history from the African and American diasporas for current and future generations through documentary and feature films, electronic and print literature, temporary and traveling exhibitions, theatrical performances, curriculum and lecture series. She is the executive producer and director of Soul Cry, a documentary series currently in production that highlights Civil Rights events from 1950-1968 in cities of the Great African American Migrations including Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia.
She has worked as a communications director, editor and writer for several publishing houses, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA and San Diego, CA.
Also a military veteran, in her last role of active duty, Constance served the Commanding General of the New York Army National Guard and was the first woman and African American public affairs officer in the southern region of New York State.
Constance earned an M.Div. in Bible and Theology (Hebrew Concentration) at Alliance Theological Seminary; an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA and a BA in English and Spanish at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. She is currently studying for her Master of Sacred Theology (Religion and Society) at Drew University in Madison, NJ.
The Nyack/ATS community extends congratulations to Constance and gratitude to Dr. Ron Walborn, ATS dean, who proudly nominated her for this opportunity to impact and influence a new generation of leaders.