Application

Please complete the form below

Speak to your experience building or improving an organization; Identify a leadership role you play in any former (last 2 years) or current organization; Talk about bottoms up, grassroots building.

Share your thoughts around equity issues that impact Black and brown communities like education and school reform, carceral systems, environmental justice, or other passion issues.

Speak to any examples of what you have done in the community over the past 3-5 years that has had some kind of impact; Identify 3 community stakeholders that would support you and/or you would be a champion for them; Speak about the importance of community organizing; Talk about any community organization you are affiliated with and, if any, leadership role you play with the organization; Talk about major issues that are facing your communities.

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Leaders of Color 2022 Fellow Nomination Form

Leaders of Color identifies, trains, and supports community-based Black and Brown civic leaders, empowering them with the tools and resources to advance educational equity and the broader cause of racial justice. Since our launch in 2018, 116 leaders have graduated from our program and are now leading change in their communities. Our alumni serve in elected office, lead community-based organizations, and steer Boards of Directors.  Our goal is to train 400 Fellows by 2023 across eight sites.

Our country is in the midst of recognizing what has long been true—racial inequity is baked into every institution and systemic reform is required to bring about transformative change. This broad-based change will not be possible without Black and Brown leaders playing a driving role. Our Leaders of Color program fills in the gap between the tremendous talent of community-based leaders of color and the resources and investment required to empower those leaders to create lasting civic and electoral change.

The Leaders of Color program is seeking Black and Latino community leaders who aspire to public service and civic engagement in their communities. Our goal is to create an ecosystem of Black and Latino leaders, who have a hyper-focused lens on education and equity. We specifically support leaders who may not typically have the opportunities and institutional support to run for public office, helping them develop the skills and leadership experiences needed to make a global impact. Ideal candidates will possess the following core competencies and characteristics:

• Have demonstrated a deep commitment through action or orientation to the movement for educational excellence and equity
• Are action-oriented leaders who have a history of community relationships and connections
• Are committed and believe in public service as an extension of leadership
• Have vision and purpose
• Are interpersonally savvy

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