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Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities

Training that develops the leadership capacity of everyone in ethnically diverse rural Minnesota communities to build intentional inclusion.

Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities (LEDC) is a program designed to increase the capacity of rural leaders to develop and sustain healthy inclusive communities and reduce systemic racial and cultural barriers.

Unlike our retreat programs, all seven sessions take place in the participating community.



Current and Upcoming LEDC Training

There are currently no upcoming events.

What makes LEDC unique?

LEDC is designed for people committed to building inclusive relationships across the many dimensions of their community and developing leadership capacity to support systems change. We work with the participating community to help identify how we can be effective in inviting diverse leaders to apply for the program and commit one year to our training process.

The seven days of training are designed to bring the cohort together, explore how they can support systems change and create action plans for carrying out their work when the program is done.

Program Overview

A participating community first commits to helping the Foundation recruit a diverse applicant pool for the 34-person cohort. The selected group of participants will then spend about a year learning together at seven monthly training sessions. The topics covered during LEDC all connect to the core beliefs of the program, which are:

  • Racial and cultural barriers detract from a healthy community.
  • If we want to change the culture that creates racial and cultural barriers, we need to build leadership skills and relationships across all dimensions of the community.
  • All persons are valuable assets in the community and must be invited to the table.
  • Everyone who participates in LEDC has the capacity to impact issues surrounding racism in their community.
  • There is no silver bullet – this work requires long-term and sustained effort.

Training Sessions (7 days)

The first six formal training sessions will be held from 9am-2:30pm in the participating community. The final session will include a facilitated conversation, action team presentations and a graduation ceremony.

Program Cost

Blandin Foundation covers the cost of tuition, meals and training. The cost to participants is their travel to and from each session. If attendance at the program creates financial hardship, enabling funds are available.

To learn more about the program contact the Recruitment Manager.


The first step is to complete the community inquiry form and identify which program you are interested in.

Once this form is complete and we are sure we can serve your community we will provide more information on how you can complete the next steps that follow:

  • Inviting voices from the diverse dimensions of your community to be a part of the application process.
  • Facilitating a group conversation to gather information for your application.
  • Submitting the application on behalf of your community.
  • Connecting with our recruitment team to learn more about program availability and applicant recruitment process.

Blandin Foundation Leadership Programs does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, selection of volunteers including program participants and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, independent contractors, and vendors.

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Your feedback strengthens our leadership programs. Contact us to share your thoughts. You may also subscribe to our mailing list, or contact the following Leadership team members.

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Becky Adams

Leadership Recruitment Manager

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Direct: 218-327-8736

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