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The Minority Political Leadership Institute is a collaborative initiative of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
The Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) is an intensive eight-month experience designed to promote leadership development for individuals interested in issues important to minority communities including: community economics, political climate, civic engagement, and equity. MPLI offers insights regarding leadership legacy and culture, personal leadership, policy and legislative processes, responsible stewardship, public service, and integrity for future leaders. Each program year, participants engage and interact with communities across Virginia and learn about unique strengths and issues facing different regions of the Commonwealth
Program locations include: Richmond, Farmville, Lynchburg, Norfolk, and Washington, D.C.
The Minority Political Leadership Institute is designed to:
Participants expand their understanding of the nature of leadership, public policy and community change, and gain inspiration and practical guidance from seasoned leaders and professionals through a series of intensive sessions.
Featuring Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Foundation legislators, faculty from participating universities, and noted leaders and experts from community, state and national arenas, the Minority Political Leadership Institute explores the spectrum of leadership challenges and opportunities facing Virginia’s future.
What is the mission of the Minority Political Leadership Institute?
Held in partnership with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, the mission of the Minority Political Leadership Institute is to offer insights and concepts regarding personal leadership, policy and legislative processes to cultivate a deeper understanding of legacy, responsible stewardship, public service, and integrity for future leaders.
Who may participate in Minority Political Leadership Institute?
The Minority Political Leadership Institute is designed for all aspiring leaders interested in issues affecting minority and underserved communities.
How many sessions are offered and when are they scheduled?
Six sessions are offered during the months of April, May, June, September, October, and November. Each session lasts two days, usually starting at 11 a.m Thursday and continuing until 5:30 p.m and starting at 9 a.m Friday and concluding at 4:30 p.m Friday. Lodging and meals on program days are included in the program fee.
What is the cost of the program and what is included?
The program fee is $1800. This fee covers all program costs including program materials, intensive leadership assessments, lodging and meals on program days. Participants are responsible for securing their own transportation.
Are there any available scholarships to help cover the program fee?
No. Individuals are responsible for securing their own funding. Payments can be made by sponsoring organizations or by individual participants.
Do participants receive credits that they can later transfer to a post-secondary institution?
No, we do not offer academic credit for participating in Minority Political Leadership Institute. However, we offer Continuing Eucation Units (CEUs) for full program participation.
Do participants receive continuing education credit?
Yes, participants can earn up to 8 Continuing Eucation Units (CEUs) for full program participation.
Does the applicant have to be interested in running for office in order to apply?
No. The Minority Political Leadership Institute works with participants who have community or political leadership aspirations to provide them with the tools they need to serve.
Do participants interact directly with current political leaders?
Yes. The Minority Political Leadership Institute is privileged to collaborate with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, Virginia legislators, faculty from participating universities, noted state leaders, and experts from community and national arenas.