We want our workforce development leaders to be inclusive and equitable in the important work they do.


What is Equity Works Leadership Institute?

The Equity Works Leadership Institute (EWLI) program builds adaptive leaders to lead inclusively and equitably in the field of workforce development. Individuals from Greater MN, working in state agencies and private firms are part of this leadership cohort.

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We seek individuals committed to equity in Minnesota’s workforce development sector! The process of actively making change within institutions and systems must take into account the unique attributes of the leader, the complexity of the system and the culture of the organization. As an Equity Works Leadership Institute (EWLI) participant, you will build adaptive leadership competencies to lead inclusively and equitably in the field of workforce development. Individuals from Greater MN, working in state agencies and private firms are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Purpose

Build awareness, skills and capacity within individual leaders to implement equity and inclusion frameworks that address racial inequities within Minnesota’s workforce development sector.

Overview

This eight-session leadership Institute is for managers and directors working in employment and economic development in public, private and nonprofit entities. This institute seeks to develop individuals committed to operationalizing equity and inclusion within their respective organizations. Each session will incorporate methods and frameworks that will help participants navigate barriers that hinder equitable change. Content will explore how history, public policy, institutional practices and implicit beliefs maintain systems of inequity. Participants will unpack their own social identities (power, privilege) and build the skills to dismantle personal bias and cultural norms that uphold the dominate narrative. Utilizing session content, personal reflection and peer learning, participants will develop and implement a plan to address policies that inhibit equitable practice within institutions, and the system as a whole.

Program Outcomes

  1. Equip individual leaders with the skills and knowledge to adapt diversity policies into inclusive and equitable practice.

  2. Examine social identities (power, privilege, bias), systemic discrimination (historical inequities) and institutional policies (HR practices, organizational culture, and program outcomes) that uphold racial inequities.

  3. Develop and implement a plan to address policies and practice that inhibit equitable outcomes within institutions, and the system as a whole.

  4. Build the courage to lead inclusive and equitable systems change in the field of workforce development.

  5. Foster peer learning and collaboration across program participants.

Participation Requirements

  • An individual currently working in the field of workforce development.

  • Committed to being an ambassador for racial equity and systems change in Minnesota’s Workforce Development sector.

Application Process

  1. Submit a personal essay answering all of the following questions. Your essay should be between 500 to 800 words in length.

    • How have you engaged in leadership towards racial equity within the field of workforce development?

    • How might you bring what you learn to foster systems change within workforce development?

    • What do you hope to accomplish by participating in this leadership opportunity?

  2. Submit two professional letters of recommendation. 

***Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back November 2019 for updates!***

 
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