Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program, class of 2017

The Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program (MEILP) aspires to develop, engage, and support current and emerging leaders from private, public, and nonprofit sectors who are interested and committed to helping their organizations become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive at various levels. This program is ideal for developing and experienced professionals, from public, nonprofit, and private organizations who want to design, lead, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in their organizations. It is open to executive, mid-level, and emerging leaders without substantial DEI knowledge or experience and who wish to acquire the requisite knowledge, attitudes, and skills to develop and support DEI in their organizations.

Key program benefits

Program participants will learn from and network with DEI industry experts, experienced practitioners, scholar-researchers, and their peers to gain a deep yet comprehensive understanding of various DEI issues facing individuals, groups, organizations, and whole communities, including best practices and evidence-based strategies for addressing these issues.

Program format and structure

The program includes a two-day opening retreat at the beginning of the year, followed by ten monthly daylong sessions that are held in-person, and a concluding colloquium in which participants present their DEI projects to the program community. This yearlong program is delivered through dynamic speakers, interactive activities, and facilitated group discussions. It also includes ample networking opportunities, as well as between-session coaching, small group dialogue, and reflective exercises for participants.

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