Application Deadline: July 27, 2015.
The Latino Center for Leadership Development Leadership (LCLD) Academy is an educational and leadership training program aimed at providing promising leaders with a set of knowledge, skills, experiences, and networks necessary to assume and succeed in policy roles and appointed or elected office for the good of both the Latino and broader community.
The Academy is a year-long program that engages participants in trainings aimed at the need for, path to, and realities of leadership in policy roles and appointed or elected office. Each individual will be presented with multiple opportunities to interact with thought leaders across the state in sectors such as municipal and state government, non-profits, business, education, media, politics, and many others.
As a cohort, participants will also partake in a community initiative focused on community improvement and development. Participants will have access to current research and policy ideas via the LCLD Policy Institute located at the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Cohort members will also have the opportunity to audit courses offered at SMU by a LCLD Policy Institute Fellow at no cost.
The LCLD Academy selects a cohort of 10 participants on an annual basis. The ideal Academy candidate is a promising leader with a reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness, collaboration, a commitment to civil dialogue, and a desire to serve their community in policy roles or appointed/elected office. Further characteristics include:
- Passionate and enthusiastic professional
- Preferably ages 25 to 40
- Interest in serving in appointed office
- Interest in running for public office
- Interest in public policy
- Open to all ethnic and cultural backgrounds
The 12 month academy consists of quarterly convenings, generally held in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. Applicant should be able to commit to quarterly meetings that will occur on the following dates:
- September 17-20, 2015
- December 17-20, 2015
- March 17-20, 2016
- June 9-12, 2016
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 27, 2015.
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