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 to develop the leadership capacity of all community members in ethnically diverse communities for the purpose of building intentional inclusion.

Participants of LEDC will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of culture and its role in building relationships.
  • Examine specific cultural differences of conflict interaction styles and their impact.
  • Work in partnership with other participants to build and strengthen relationships.
  • Develop plans to expand their engagement in the community in ways that promote inclusion and build on their work as a group.

Current and Upcoming LEDC Training

2019 Northwest Regional Alumni Gathering

June 20 Crookston Inn and Convention Center

Four Training Sessions

LEDC is four sessions spread out over two months. This gives participants the opportunity to begin and strengthen new and existing relationships that cross cultural boundaries.

Session I

The introductory session takes place over two days in the home community of the participants. While the first day runs from 9:00am to 5:30pm, the second day begins the half-day format that will continue until graduation.

Sessions II-IV

The final three sessions will also take place in the community of the participants. We ask that they commit to attending all four sessions.

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 Becky Adams.


Blandin Foundation Leadership Programs does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, 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.

The Blandin Foundation reserves the right to rescind any invitation to participate in any of its programs up to, and during, the program.

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