The Wilder School and the Center for Public Policy have a long history of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community and across Virginia. By consolidating these efforts, we further develop our capacity and offerings in leadership development, training, and research activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion. These programs leverage the expertise of Center for Public Policy faculty and researchers as we work with state and local governments, as well as with businesses and nonprofits, to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive commonwealth.
The Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) is a collaborative initiative of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. It 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
The HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program, held through our Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, is a five-month leadership development experience for current and emerging women leaders who are committed to investing in themselves and their organizations. The program is designed to benefit women at all career levels in public, private, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial positions. Training opportunities promote personal and professional growth through leadership development, education, coaching, and networking. By engaging in intellectual and experiential workshops, participants learn key principles aimed at enhancing their leadership styles to help them successfully leverage opportunities for advancement.
Our Land Use Education Program (LUEP) helps planning commissioners, BZA members, professional planners, planning students, and interested citizens to make decisions related to land use that are legal, fact-based, community-oriented, and equitable. LUEP's offerings include 10-week certification programs for planning commissioners and BZA members, as well as one-day seminars on special topics such as affordable housing.
Expanding upon existing frameworks, we have established the Impact Analysis and Training program to assist state and local agencies in advancing equity and inclusion within their organizations. This program consists of four training and evaluation options that may be conducted individually or in phases. To learn more, please contact Brittany Keegan, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our multiple units often engage in research and sponsored work related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Examples of this work include: