Intentionally Developing Leaders of Color

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PERSPECTIVE/CONTEXT:
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What do we hope will happen for
students of color at high powered
institutions ? What is the reality of what
happens?
Why doesn’t access translate to
tangible success for many of our
students?
WHY A LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM:
• To help students of color understand what it means to be a
high impact individual
• To develop high impact young leaders of color, with skills
capable of taking on leadership positions in society
• To develop students who are already “natural born” leaders
into leaders with transferable skills who create change;
and to develop students who aren’t “natural born” leaders
but who have a desire to be leaders
• To expand the networks of young people of color to be in
alignment with their White peers
LEADERSHIP THOUGHT EXERCISE
LEADERSHIP THOUGHT EXERCISE (CONT.)
WHAT DOES THIS CURRICULUM LOOK LIKE?
• A grounding in historical trends to
increase awareness and sense of self
empowerment
• Skills based
• Goal Oriented
• Sustaining
EXPANDING CIRCLES EXERCISE:
Most change requires moving a group of people (whether it is your class, your team,
your school community, your neighborhood etc.) in one direction towards a goal.
Consider the people in your life that you must motivate to create the change you seek.
Each group represents a concentric circle that expands out from you. On the large
sheet of paper you are given, start by creating a circle with you in it and then add
the below groups. Once you write down the “headings”, include two-three specific
people that come to mind in each of the expanding circles
Who are the people in “the choir?”
Who are the people who don’t really care if this change happens are not?
Who are people that have influence to help you make this change?
Who are the people who have the resources to help you make this change?
CO-CENTRIC CIRCLE EXERCISE
People Who Have
Influence/
Resources
The People Who
Are Indifferent
The Choir
The Thing
You Want
to Change
10 MONTH CURRICULUM:
Month 1 Overview/ historical perspective
Month 2 Building and Writing a Resume
Month 3 Being a Global (and Local Citizen)
Month 4 Expanding Networks
Month 5 Influencing Others
Month 6 Public Speaking (Part 1)
Month 7 Public Speaking (Part 2)
Month 8 Writing for Multiple Outcomes
Month 9 Leveraging Technology
Month 10 Raising and Managing Money
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUCCESS AND FAILURE
1. A steady commitment required with fixed
meeting dates; a contract/agreement
2. Acknowledgement of consistent participation;
Consequences for inconsistent participation
3. A curriculum in place
4. A student chair that you can ideally meet with
in advance of the meetings
CURRICULUM AND MATERIAL TO DRAW FROM:
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Student leadership Challenge Curriculum
Harvard Business Review, HBR Ten Must Reads:
On Leadership
Center for Creative Leadership, Feedback That
Works for Non Profit Organizations, Shera Clark
10 Things Employers Want You To Learn in
College, Bill Copin
The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
CONTACT INFO:
Prasant Nukalapati
A Better Chance Program Manager, NW Region
pnukalapati@abetterchance.org
Keith Wilkerson
A Better Chance Senior Program Manager, MidAtlantic Region
kwilkerson@abetterchance.org

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