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Multicultural Leadership Academy 2018 Call for Applications

2018 APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN!

The Latino Policy Forum is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2018 Multicultural Leadership Academy!

**Applications must be completed by 2:00pm CST on Thursday, September 21, 2017**

Now in its second year, the Multicultural Leadership Academy continues to engage and train Illinois change agents committed to strengthening communities. Since 2009, the Latino Policy Forum has trained over 175 leaders and emerging stars from more than 75 organizations through the Illinois Latino Nonprofit Leadership and Multicultural Leadership academies.

The Multicultural Leadership Academy will provide a series of leadership workshops to community, policy, arts, and culture leaders sponsored by organizations committed to social change, policy impact, and/or community improvement that serve communities of color throughout Illinois. Applicants may be employees, board members or volunteers at their sponsoring organization.

The Forum is committed to creating a diverse network of ESTABLISHED and EMERGING leaders who are actively involved in social change, policy impact and/or community improvement. The training curriculum will primarily focus on the perspectives of Latinos and African-Americans. Given Chicago’s historic segregation, alliance building across communities requires a deliberate and intentional approach. The Multicultural Leadership Academy will result in strengthened leadership for community impact, increased cross-cultural understanding, bolstered community collaboration to address pressing social issues, and a network of diverse leaders who will be able to call upon each other in the future.

A distinguishing factor of the Multicultural Leadership Academy is that we acknowledge the significant leadership attributes inherent in our cultural DNA. We will utilize various modalities, including cultural anthropology, arts, and the creation of sacred space to acknowledge, cultivate and inspire social, policy, and/or community change. We will draw on the traditions of a diverse range of cultures to promote transformative leadership and contribute to a network of community leaders that serve Latino and African-American communities. 

Applicant information sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 3:30pm -5:00pm and Wednesday, August 30 at 9:30 am – 11:00 am, at 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 507, Chicago, IL 60601. A webinar session will be held on Friday, September 8, 10am-11:30am. Interested applicants must RSVP to academy@latinopolicyforum.org with their selected session date.

Application can be found HERE

About the Multicultural Leadership Academy

The Academy’s core learning competencies for participants and their organizations include:

  1. Transformational Leadership: Transformational leaders contribute to change that uplifts others, creates motivating workplaces, communicates an inspiring vision and establishes a compelling moral and ethical framework.
  2. Intercultural Understanding: Foster an understanding of Illinois’ Latino and African American communities and identify their common interests.
  3. Social Change/Policy Action/Community Improvement: Participants will collaborate with their cohort via ‘affinity groups’ on how to create a better, more equitable Illinois through social change, policy action and community improvement.
  4. Arts Expression: Participants will utilize the arts as a catalyst for individual and group creativity and innovation.

The Academy will:

  • Foster a space where multicultural leaders can develop their skills as leaders and visionaries while enhancing their effectiveness as agents of social change, policy impact and/or community improvement.
  • Contribute to a cohesive network of leaders committed to improving their communities through the establishment of intercultural relationships and trust.
  • Increase understanding of how racial and ethnic groups become assets to transformational leadership and collaborative social action.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must reside in Illinois.
  • Individuals representing suburban and rural organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicant must be an employee, board member, or volunteer of an organization that is actively engaged in social change, policy impact and/or community improvement.
  • Applicants must commit to participating in all workshops/technical assistance/coaching of the Multicultural Leadership Academy. The dates for retreats and workshops are as follows:

     Retreat Dates:

    • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    • Thursday, February 15 through Saturday, February 17, 2018 (overnight)
    • Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9, 2018 (overnight)

     Workshop Dates (1/2 day):

    • Saturday, March 17, 2018                              
    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • Evening meeting in July (tbd)
  • Other activities include:
    • On-going communication in completion of assignments, problem solving and other technical assistance.
    • Participation in an affinity group with a commitment to create, share and implement a collaboratively-developed action plan.
    • Graduation, August 2018        
  • Final selections will be made by a selection committee based on both the quality of the application and to ensure a diverse cohort (age, gender, race/ethnicity, geography, etc.)
  • Participants must sign a memorandum of understanding agreeing to the roles and responsibilities for participation in the Academy.

Cost

Participants will be selected regardless of their ability to contribute to the financial cost of the program.

The Latino Policy Forum subsidizes 70% of tuition. A contribution of $2,500 per individual is requested.

Scholarships are available to cover the individual contribution based on the need of the applicant/organization

Schedule

**Applications must be completed by 2:00pm CST on Thursday, September 21, 2017.**

The Academy will begin in January 2018 and run through August 2018. In addition to training, participants commit to meet regularly with their “affinity groups” to create, share and implement a collaboratively-developed action plan. Training dates are as follows:

Retreat Dates:

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Thursday, February 15 through Saturday, February 17, 2018 (overnight)
  • Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9, 2018 (overnight)

Workshop Dates (1/2 day):

  • Saturday, March 17, 2018                              
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Evening meeting in July (tbd)     

Affinity Group Work:

  • Schedule to be determined by participants

Applicant information sessions:

Tuesday, August 22, 3:30pm - 5:00 pm and Wednesday, August 30 at 9:30am – 11:00 am

Location: 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 507, Chicago, IL 60601

Webinar info session:

Friday, September 8, 10am-11:30am.

Interested applicants must RSVP to academy@latinopolicyforum.org  with their selected session date. 

Learn More About Multicultural Leadership Academy 2016/2017

 

September 2016 Chicago, IL 

The Latino Policy Forum is excited to announce the 23 community leaders serving Latino and African American communtiites to participate in its inaugrual Multicultural Leadership Academy! Click here for more. 

For its seventh year, The Multicultural Leadership Academy builds on the six year tradition of the Illinois Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy in developing and training Illinois change agents committed to strengthening communities. Since its inception in 2009, the Latino Policy Forum has trained more than 150 leaders and emerging stars from more than 55 organizations.

The Multicultural Leadership Academy will provide a series of leadership workshops for individuals actively involved in social justice; and sponsored by organizations committed to social change, policy impact, and/or community improvement that serve communities of color throughout Illinois. Applicants may be employees, board members or volunteers at their sponsoring organization.

The 2016/2017 Multicultural Leadership Academy Cohort

Azalea Acuna, La Casa Norte
Bessie Alcantara, BBF Family Services
Erika Allen, Growing Power, Inc.
Oswaldo Alvarez, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Carrie Brown, Family Focus
Asiaha Butler, R.A.G.E. - Resident Association of Greater Englewood
Ebony Campbell, Chicago Housing Authority
Aasia Castañeda, The Field Museum
Henry Cervantes, Our Lady of Tepeyac - Elementary School
Adriana Díaz, City Bureau
Bryan Johnson, Metropolitan Family Services
Keith Lewis, United Way Metropolitan Chicago
Alfredo Nambo, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy
Abel Ochoa, University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program
Arthur Richardson, Chicago Park District
Angelica Rivera, Proyecto Pa'Lante at Northeastern Illinois University
Kimeco Roberson, Chicago Park District
Maritza Rocha, Mujeres Latinas en Acción
Analia Rodriguez, Latino Union of Chicago
Luis Roman, Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA)
Anton Seals Jr., DePaul University
Craig Stevenson, Open Architecture Chicago/High Jump
Carman Weathington, Chicago Commons


 

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