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 to increase the capacity of rural leaders to develop and sustain healthy inclusive communities and reduce systemic racial and cultural barriers. All of the sessions take place in the participating community and help community members sharpen their skills around supporting a healthy inclusive community.
Continue reading to learn more about the program details and be sure to submit a community inquiry form if you are interested in bringing LEDC to your community.
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.
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.
Blandin Foundation Leadership Programs does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender identity, gender expression, age (must be 18 years or older), 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.