Leading in Community (LIC) is a leadership development program with a goal to broaden and strengthen the leadership pipeline for people of color and prepare them for nonprofit and community leadership on Long Island.
Participants receive a Certificate in Organizational and Community Leadership from Adelphi University upon completion of the eight month program.
The Center recognizes that the leaders of color serving in Long Island’s underserved communities face obstacles that are common among leaders in low to moderate income communities throughout the United States. In the 2008, the Leadership Learning Community—a national nonprofit organization that focuses on leadership development—identified the following challenges for leaders of color:
Leaders of color serving in Long Island’s underserved communities face obstacles that are unique to the Long Island region. Long Island ranks 10th in the nation in residential segregation between blacks and whites, putting Long Island ahead of Los Angeles, Baltimore and Washington D.C. Furthermore, Long Island ranks 19th in segregation between Hispanics and whites.
BoardSource reports that in 2010, only 12 percent of nonprofit executives are people of color, and only 14 percent of the members of nonprofit boards of directors were people of color. Therefore, a goal of LIC is to broaden and strengthen the leadership pipeline for people of color and prepare them for senior leadership positions in Long Island’s nonprofit sector. LIC has the following short-term objectives: (1) increase participants’ leadership capital; (2) build capacity for their organizations and communities; and (3) develop a collegial network of emerging Long Island nonprofit and community leaders of color.
Each year the Center will identify nonprofit professionals and community leaders of color working in Long Island’s underserved communities. Candidates will be invited to apply on the basis of the following criteria:
Partial scholarships are available. Considerations in determining scholarships will be based on financial need. See application for more details.
Through the activities of LIC, the participants will develop a range of skills and practices for effective leadership in nonprofit organizations and in communities of color.
Phase 1: Individual Leadership: Assess and strengthen a participant’s capacity to lead multicultural groups, organizations and communities effectively
Phase 2: Nonprofit Leadership: Learn and apply nonprofit leadership principles to improve participant’s understanding of practices, governance, human resources, advocacy, financial management and fundraising.
Phase 3: Community Leadership: Understand and practice principles to engage community constituents, organizations and public agencies in a social change initiative for measurable social impactThis program is made possible through the generous support of the United Way of Long Island.