Emerging Policy & Advocacy Leaders Series (Virtual)

Dates: June 18, 20, 25 (virtual)

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM ET



Registration Deadline: June 4, 2024


Explore policy & advocacy career opportunities alongside a community of like-minded leaders dedicated to equity in their communities.

The Emerging Policy & Advocacy Leaders Series (EPALS) offers members of color, Native Americans and/or Indigenous Peoples an opportunity to engage alongside other like-minded leaders to build the skills, knowledge and network to forge an impactful career in policy or advocacy.

This multi-day virtual workshop allows members to engage with a cohort of leaders from around the country with diverse backgrounds to develop your career readiness and deepen your conviction as a leader.

People of Color Cohorts

All of the cohorts we offer for this program are specifically for our members of color. In these identity-specific spaces, we offer an emphasis on what it means to be a leader of color and how to navigate that. You’ll do this in an intentional and safe space with other members of similar backgrounds and identities.

Workshop Outcomes


  • Grow your confidence and skills to land a role in policy and advocacy within the next year
  • Network and connect with other leaders in the policy and advocacy arena
  • Draw connections between your background and the need for your leadership
  • Explore various pathways and types of policy and advocacy roles
  • Get tangible tools and skills to begin your transition into a policy or advocacy job
  • Earn a Leadership Certificate after successful completion of the program

Who Should Join


We encourage you to participate if you:

  • Identify as a person of color, Native American, or Indigenous
  • Are committed to pursuing a career and/or exploring your impact in a policy or advocacy role
  • Are looking to take action to expand your network and skills as you launch your career in policy and advocacy
  • Want to learn how to overcome internal and external barriers to your personal vision as a leader of color

Preference will be given to members who:

  • Have less than one year of experience in policy and/or advocacy
  • Are seeking to transition to policy & advocacy careers in the next 0-12 months
  • Have completed LEE’s Introduction to Policy & Advocacy Careers workshop or virtual modules

Application Process

Application Period: April 16-June 4

Application Review: June 4-June 10

Selection Notification: June 11

Application is free for LEE members. 


Workshop Details


Dates: June 18, 20, 25 (virtual)

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM ET



Registration Deadline: June 4, 2024

Hear from Past Participants


Through the 2022 POC EPALS, I feel a stronger sense of confidence to seek the leaders, resources and overall preparation I will need to take the next steps in my Educational Policy and Advocacy leadership journey. I left the series with a greater understanding of how my skills, talents, interests and passions can lead me to a career in policy that is uniquely designed and suited for me.

Alysia Lee

The People of Color Emerging Policy and Advocacy Leaders Series has given me the tools I need to figure out what my next steps are. Navigating policy & advocacy can be tricky, but LEE staff has created a workshop that clarifies everything concisely. Meeting with a community of other POC who are working together towards leadership and change, has been the most impactful experience.

Maya Dixon

This is a lovely experience for all young professionals of color who are even just remotely interested in public policy and advocacy work. Take a chance on yourself and LEE’s team. They put together an intentional program that develops all facets of your brand and professional journey. Highly would recommend!

Alexandra Medeiros



Shoareged Phillpotts (she/her) will serve as the lead facilitator in September 2023. She is the Director of Civic Leadership Development at LEE. Shoa is also the co-founder of It Takes A Village Collaborative, which provides individuals, families, and communities with wellness resources, services, and networks to empower them to reach their full potential. She volunteers in the D.C. area on a variety of racial equity issues serving as a member of several community coalitions. As your facilitator, she’ll enable you to see yourself as the leader our country needs in policy & advocacy.

Questions? Contact LEE Coordinator Kristie Hamilton (kristie.hamilton@educationalequity.org) for details.

Frequently Asked Questions


Am I required to attend each session?

Yes, for all in person gatherings we ask that you are available to attend each session. For the virtual series, you may miss one session as we will share the recording for you to review. Our sessions are interactive so participation in all sessions is recommended to maximize your experience.

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