Leadership for Racial Justice

September 7-April 18, 2024



  • Early Bird (through July 10, 2023)
  • $2,500 per individual team member
  • Standard
  • $3,000 per individual team member

Course Overview

Our collective strength as advocates for racial and economic justice is driven by the leaders within our community who steer us toward our mission. Effective leaders understand how to build consensus, motivate and engage others, analyze situations from various perspectives, and connect with diverse audiences.

Leadership for Racial Justice addresses leadership at four levels — self, people, organizations, and systems — that correspond directly to the internal, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic levels where racism is primarily enacted.

Participants apply and attend the course as part of racial equity teams that are diverse by race, gender, and position (e.g., positional leaders, advocates, DEI representatives, others). We suggest that 2 – 5 staff members participate from each organization.

This course includes seven live sessions of 4.5 hours each offered over six months. Between live sessions, individuals receive readings and other assignments designed to prepare them for the online sessions, and teams undertake activities to apply new racial justice leadership skills within their organizations. Peer support and coaching will be provided to individual teams.

Four Levels of Leadership

Learn how to:

  • Craft and share your personal leadership narrative and vision for racial justice.
  • Assess and improve anti-racism engagement at the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural levels.
  • Build community to foster collaborative leadership, plan action, and catalyze change.
  • Leverage tools and tactics in a variety of settings to advance change.

Build lasting leadership skills to advance racial justice commitments. Apply for Leadership for Racial Justice today.


More Information


Team members are expected to have participated in basic racial justice training, either through the Shriver Center or elsewhere.

Application Process

One person from the team should apply via the application form (see link above). Applications are approved on a rolling basis. This course is limited to 35 participants, so please apply early to secure your slots!


This course is approved for 26.5 continuing legal education (CLE) hours by the Illinois MCLE Board. Hours credited by your local authority may vary.

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