INITIATIVE FOR DIVERSITY IN CIVIC LEADERSHIP

INITIATIVE FOR DIVERSITY IN CIVIC LEADERSHIP

IDCL is a program to encourage and empower the next generation of leaders of color and other "minority" communities committed to public service in Greater Boston. Through interactive sessions led by government officials, academics practitioners and our leadership trainers, IDCL participants experience a semester of training in leadership, public policy, politics and campaigning.

Program graduates, in turn, offer coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities for participants in succeeding classes. Six classes have graduated from the program and a seventh offering is anticipated. Aspiring candidates, those interested in appointive office, campaign or community leaders, and all with an interest in enhancing their ability to serve in the public sector are encouraged to participate.

 

Since it was launched in 2007, over 150 leaders have enrolled in the program and are now making a strong impact in the Massachusetts political community. IDCL graduates include current and past city councilors, heads of state agencies and leaders of community organizations, and senior staff of both candidate and issue campaigns.

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