In the Equity Works Leadership Institute we want our workforce development leaders to be inclusive and equitable in the important work they do.

This Equity Works Leadership Institute: Workforce 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 during the eight-week cohort 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.

As an EWLI participant, our participants learn to build more adaptive leadership competencies that lead to an inclusive and equitable workforce development field.