Nexus is now accepting new applications for the next BCLI Cohort!

Nexus is now accepting BCLI applications!

We are now targeting seats in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Saint Paul, the Metropolitan Council and the State of Minnesota.


Just as soon as the BCLI wrapped up year three cohort with a graduation on April 14, we are already recruiting for the next class! How exciting!

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 1st by 12 midnight CST


The BCLI fellowship runs from October 2016 – April 2017.

We need to be running our own folks for seats by building power that pursues true democracy…We need to be developing leaders to be bold at those decision-making tables and to never leave their community behind. This is how we tell our own story. This is a story that tells everybody they can belong, and this is how we build our movement.”
Kandace Montgomery, BCLI ‘14

Why Apply?

  • Join a network of racial equity and social justice advocates influencing policy decisions on local and regional commissions.

  • Gain integrated perspectives on key local and regional racial equity and social justice issues: economic development, health equity, affordable housing, transit, and workforce development.

  • Participate in a facilitated learning community of trainers, advocate commissioners and elected officials who share best practices, lessons learned, and key concepts.

  • Learn commission skills like Parliamentary Procedure, media messaging, and municipal budgeting.

Download the application HERE

Come to an upcoming Information Session!
Please RSVP to Chai Lee at and please indicate which information session you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Wednesday, May 11th, 5:30 pm -7 pm at Rondo Library, 461 N. Dale St, St. Paul, 55104
  • Thursday, May 26th, 9 am -10:30 am at Hope Community Inc., 3rd Floor Loft: 611 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, 55404
  • Wednesday, June 8th, 5:30 pm -7:00 pm at Cookie Cart, 1119 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, 55411
  • Thursday, June 16th, 5:30 pm -7:00 pm at Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, 55430

Questions? Contact us:
Mr. Chai Lee
Program Coordinator

Ms. Terri Thao
Program Director

About the BCLI
Nexus’ Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) is a 7-month leadership program that supports, trains and places people of color and other underrepresented community members on publicly appointed boards and commissions that influence and impact equity in the Twin Cities Metro Area.


About Nexus Community Partners
Nexus Community Partners (Nexus) is a community building intermediary whose mission is to build more engaged and powerful communities of color by supporting community building initiatives that expand community assets and foster social and human capital. Click here to learn more about our work.