Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute

We believe that when we make decisions that affect all of our lives we must share the power in making those decisions.

How It Works

Attend an Info Session!

Please join us to learn more about the program, nomination, and selection process for our 2023-2024 Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). We will be hosting four virtual information sessions throughout July. If you cannot attend any of the information sessions, they will be recorded and can be shared upon request.

You are welcome to contact BCLI staff with any questions you may have about the process, but are also encouraged to attend one of the information sessions before nominating a candidate or applying to be a fellow.

  • Thursday, July 6, 2023, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm CDT
  • Monday, July 10, 2023, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CDT
  • Thursday, July 20, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT

Can’t make it to an Information Session?

Contact us to get a video recording of the virtual session.

“Even if they stand by themselves, they have to stand up.… We can’t ask for our rights to be honored. We have to demand they be honored.… We can do this together. We’re got your back.”

LeMoine LaPointe
2013 BCLI Launch Event

LeMonde LaPointe

The BCLI Commitment

  • Fellowship runs from October through April
  • Attend 3 hour meetings per month on zoom, launch event, and graduation (dates below)
  • Work outside of sessions includes readings, online discussions, webinars, and commission meetings
  • Total time commitment (including trainings and assignments) is approximately 80 hours
  • Fellows receive a small stipend of $500 to honor this time and commitment*

Program Dates 2023-2024

  • Orientation: Thursday, September 28th, 5:00 – 8:00pm
  • Launch & Welcome Dinner: Friday, October 13th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Sat Session 1: Racial Equity Lens: Saturday, October 14th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat Session 2: Econ. Development & Land Use: Saturday, November 18th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Sat Session 3: Workforce Development: Saturday, December 16th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Thursday Night Issue Series #1: Thursday, January 11th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Sat Session 4: Housing Equity: Saturday, January 20th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Sat Session 5: Transit Equity: Saturday, February 17th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Thursday Night Issue Series #2: Thursday, March 7th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Sat Session 6: Health Equity: Saturday, March 16th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Graduation: Thursday, April 4th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

All sessions will be in-person

the Team

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