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Program Outline

Learn more about Leading In Community.

LIC uses an interactive method for developing leadership based on a collaborative style of learning to address a range of competencies, skills and practices. The curriculum design and schedule takes into consideration the busy lives of nonprofit professionals and community leaders. This program consists of:

  • One session per month at Adelphi’s Garden City campus
  • Networking opportunities following each session
  • Facilitated online discussion forums on Moodle
  • Case studies to reinforce learning outcomes and enhance the learning experience

Methods of Instruction

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Matched with proven methods of instruction and expert facilitators, cohort members will become partners engaged in a community formed around a common learning endeavor.  Students are expected to support one another in their leadership development and well-being as they participate in the program. By providing leadership development in a cohort setting, LIC promotes shared learning and peer-to-peer network building. 

The Coordinator of LIC is Jennifer Rutledge, Vice President/Partner of Delphi Consultants, Inc. Along with Jennifer, our faculty includes recognized experts in nonprofit organizations and community leadership roles who, in addition to their presentations, will provide pre and post-session support to participants via e-mail and through a web-based instruction application, Moodle. The Center will develop and provide hard copies and online resources to all participants. A resource library and an online community will be maintained.

Phase I—Individual Leadership—November 2019 – December 2019

Leaders develop necessary skills, behaviors and attitudes when they have opportunities to learn how to lead effectively with other people and from other people.   The program will support participants as they develop their own approach and learn best leadership practices along with their peers.  

We begin with an individual assessment using a widely accepted leadership assessment instrument. After the assessment, the participants and the Center’s leadership coach will collaborate on a personalized plan to guide them as they become the leader they want to be.  Participants will learn how to take charge of their future leadership development by:

  • Practicing self-assessment, personal reflection and self-awareness
  • Identifying how race, ethnicity and culture influence leadership practices
  • Articulating personal vision and mission

Phase II—Organizational Leadership—December 2019 – January 2020

The Center respects the challenge of leading in underserved communities and recognizes that well-developed organizational leaders have potential for great impact. Therefore, LIC combines nonprofit best practices with practical applications for leading in multicultural organizations and communities. As part of Phase II, each participant will have opportunity to lead a peer group through a carefully selected case study of an organizational or community challenge they are likely to face.  Afterwards, their peers will review their leadership, highlight strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations for greater effectiveness.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Operationalize an organization’s mission and provide overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization while working with the board
  • Facilitate planning, define a clear vision for the future, and manage change
  • Measure organizational performance, and demonstrate and communicate impact.

During Phase II, Leading in Community includes professional mentoring, a dedicated website, a blog for peer support and networking, and webinars that supplement on site learning.

Phase III—Community Leadership—January 2020 – March 2020

The Community Leadership phase of the program builds participants’ skills and increases their capacity for community organizing, building community support networks, and developing partnerships with individuals and organizations in their own neighborhood and community. Certificate candidates will:

  • Learn how Long Island communities have been affected by societal factors, such as location, inequality, and demographic patterns
  • Apply community organizing principles to nonprofit leadership
  • Develop a social justice framework for community development
  • Build the knowledge and skills required to function as effective community leaders

A key learning outcome of Leading in Community will be the final exercise where participants will develop a strategic community initiative.  The participants will:

  • Identify a common social justice issue or concern in an underserved community on Long Island 
  • Articulate a strategy to address the issue or concern that involves a collaboration with individuals or with their respective organizations
  • Pinpoint community partnerships that will support the initiative
  • Explore potential funding sources for the initiative

Expected Outcomes and Evaluation

Each participant will undergo a final assessment at the conclusion of the program.  Program alumni will have the opportunity to serve as resources and mentors for new cohorts entering the program as well as leadership resources to their own organizations and communities.

An outcome of Leading in Community will be to increase the number of people of color who are prepared for leadership positions in Long Island’s nonprofit sector and/or who are prepared for a leadership role (as a community activist or board member) in their community.


For further information, please contact:

Center for Nonprofit Leadership
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