Learn More and Apply for the Rhode Island Foundation’s Equity Leadership Initiative

Two online information sessions will help potential applicants learn more about the program; one is today, June 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. and another info session takes place on Thursday, July 1.
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The Rhode Island Foundation is looking for diverse leaders to participate in its Equity Leadership Initiative. The program aims to “cultivate, mentor and seek access for individuals who identify as Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous, Asian and multiracial from across sectors to build a pipeline of leaders of color in positions of influence in Rhode Island.” Up to twenty applicants will be selected to participate in a cohort for the twelve-month leadership development effort. There are two online information sessions to learn more about the program; one is today, June 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. (register here), and another info session takes place on Thursday, July 1 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Applications for the program are due on July 12 and leaders will be notified of acceptance by the week of August 9, 2021.

The program’s goal is to “inspire a deeper commitment to social justice and racial equity in Rhode Island by working with existing leaders of color on their leadership journey.” The program kicks off with a welcome event in August, and the commitment is a monthly half-day meeting from noon to 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, beginning in September. There is no fee to participate.

To be eligible, applicants must be existing leaders of color who are currently engaged in work in the public, private or nonprofit sector, and identify as Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous, or multiracial Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous or Asian. Applicants must also have a demonstrated track record and commitment to racial equity and social justice, the ability to participate in monthly leadership and program activities (i.e. coaching and mentoring), and must reside in Rhode Island.

Participants will gain access to regular one-to-one coaching sessions; gain support to develop a leadership vision and goals; have regular meetings with a matched mentor; and will make high-level connections across industries through program participation.


Learn more about the info sessions and application requirements here.



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