Application Information

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Selection Criteria

The Minority Political Leadership Institute is a program suited for current and emerging leaders interested in issues affecting minority and underserved communities. Prior political experience is not required for consideration.    

Application Requirements

The next class of the Minority Political Leadership Institute will be held in 2022. Complete application packets are due January 15, 2022  

Applicants must include two references from colleagues who can attest to the applicant’s leadership potential and abilities and current responsibilities.

Those selected to participate in the Minority Political Leadership Institute are expected to fully participate in the six two-day sessions offered during the months of April, May, June, September and October. Accepted participants are responsible for securing transportation to all meeting locations.

All required documents must be received by the application deadline for your application to be complete. Please ensure that your application contains the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Essay
  • One-page resume
  • One-paragraph bio-sketch (no more than 100 words)
  • Two nominations/recommendations from supervisor(s)/colleague(s) via online form
  • $250 application deposit (Application deposit may be paid by credit card, check or purchase order. Please note that applications are not considered complete until this payment is received.)

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Program Fee

The program fee for the Minority Political Leadership Institute is $1,800 (which includes the $250 application deposit) and covers all program costs, including intensive leadership assessment, single-person lodging, and meals on program days. Payments can be made by the sponsoring organization or by individuals. Participants are responsible for securing their own transportation to program sessions. 

Once accepted, all Minority Political Leadership Institute candidates must submit the remaining program fee amount to secure space as a participant. Individuals selected for participation in the Minority Political Leadership Institute will be notified of acceptance by February 15th. Once accepted, all Minority Political Leadership Institute candidates must submit the remaining $1,550 program fee balance no later than March 1st.


Participants who complete the Minority Political Leadership Institute will receive a certificate of completion and eight continuing education units from The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.

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