Leaders of Color

The Leaders of Color Fellowship (LOC) is a different kind of leadership program.  While we’ve borrowed best practices and ideas from some of the most innovative leadership programs across the country, LOC was born here in Washtenaw and was co-created with some of the same people we hope to serve.  In LOC, we’re bringing together a diverse cohort of people of color, dedicated to advancing racial equity, to champion change in the county. By the end of the fellowship, we hope to:

  • Build tighter bonds between leaders of color in Washtenaw
  • Increase representation of people of color in leadership positions in across the county
  • Launch Fellow-led projects that actively advance racial equity in the county

We plan to make that happen by:

  • Building up the skills that support leaders of color in becoming better champions for social justice
  • Leaning on the knowledge and expertise our Fellows bring to the cohort
  • Emboldening leaders of color as changemakers by offering culturally relevant content and resources

Understanding that the change we want can’t be carried on our backs alone, Leaders of Color Fellows will also connect with colleagues in the Allies Academy  – the other arm of NEW’s Champions for Change program – as a core part of their curriculum. In addition, Leaders of Color Fellows will have several opportunities to engage with the broader community around racial justice, allowing participants in both cohorts to support each other and build a robust and diverse network of equity leaders. 

Applications for the 2020-2021 Leaders of Color fellowship will open in mid-July. Please sign-up for our mailing list to stay informed about the launching of the next cohort. Thanks for your interest.

Any self-identifying person of color, 18 years or older, living or working in Washtenaw County, who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing racial equity or social justice is encouraged to apply.
To make sure that we meet our overall goal of getting more diverse representation in leadership, we need our cohort to be as diverse as possible, too.  We need you, the whole you, to make this program work and make our vision a reality. Know that when you apply, we’ll honor all the different things that make you who you are, including:
  • Age
  • Class / Economic Situation
  • Education
  • Experience (new leader vs. established leader)
  • Gender (identity and expression included)
  • Physical ability
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Work – sector and industry
The most important thing is your commitment to advancing racial justice in Washtenaw County.  We’ve designed the program to be applicable to folks working in different areas – government , education, health, etc. As long as you’re ready to be a Champion for Change, this program is for you.

Please check back in mid-July 2020 for an up-to-date schedule of programming.

Please check back in mid-July 2020 for up-to-date information on costs and scholarship availability for this program.

Nonprofit Enterprise at Work is pleased to be funded  by the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, a collaboration of Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, and Washtenaw Urban County (represented by the Office of Community & Economic Development), United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.