We need leaders like you at decision-making tables whose perspectives and voices reflect the lived experiences of their constituents. It is all too common that our communities are represented by individuals who don’t understand the strengths, challenges, or need of marginalized peoples across the country.
For years, LEE has helped hundreds of people like yourself – sometimes filled with many doubts or facing significant barriers – envision themselves creating positive impact in elected office. Through this program, we seek to leverage our collective voices and leadership to ensure that our communities are represented, championed, and honored.
Let’s create a more reflective democracy and, together, end inequity in our country.
People of Color Cohorts
Many of the cohorts we offer for this program are specifically for our members of color. In these identity-specific spaces, we do all the same things with extra 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.
All LEE members who are interested in pursuing elected leadership in the next one to three years are encouraged to apply to our program.
Dates: Spring - Summer 2024
Time: 3-day in-person workshop (Friday-Sunday) with about 1-2 hours of required pre-work
Registration Deadline: TBD
Rizwaan Akhtar is the Senior Director of Learning, Development, & Inclusion at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) where he designs learning experiences that support leaders to engage politically and build more just and liberatory systems. Based in Chicago, Rizwaan is a Board Member of the Chicago Community Bond Fund and a former Local School Council member of Reilly Elementary School in Avondale.
Questions? Contact LEE Coordinator Kristie Hamilton for details.