Advocate Training

We build the capacity and skills of equal justice lawyers and activists to champion economic and racial justice in their fields.

Advocates for people with low income are change agents, community organizers, and trusted champions.  Their work is broad, nuanced, and grand — and they cannot do it alone.

We believe that building the skills and capacity of advocates for low-income people will result in bigger, better, and bolder gains for people living in poverty.

The Shriver Center’s Advocate Resources and Training program equips advocates with the specialized training and leadership development they need. Rooted in the Shriver Center’s core values, our training programs are built on four principles essential to effective advocacy on behalf of low-income people and communities: Racial Justice, Community Power, Affirmative Advocacy, and Leadership Development.

The Shriver Center offers trainings in multiple formats—online, onsite, and through a mix of online and onsite sessions—your staff can learn when, where, and how you want. Many of our courses can be delivered remotely through our online campus. We can tailor training to meet your organization’s needs and schedule, and we can help you determine the best format for your organization.  

Partner with the Shriver Center for customized training and consulting! In addition to our public programs, the Shriver Center contracts with legal aid and civil rights organizations to offer customized training sessions and consulting and coaching on race equity, leadership, community lawyering, and more. We have contracted with nonprofits, legal aid providers, law schools, bar foundations and government agencies to train some 300 advocates from more than 100 organizations across the country. Contact us to learn more about how we can help build the skills and capacities of your staff.

Advancing race equity is an integral and essential part of anti-poverty advocacy.

Litigation is an important tool for advocates seeking justice for low-income people and people of color.

Learn how to effectively work alongside the communities you serve to enhance their power.

Our collective strength as advocates for economic and racial justice is driven by the leaders within our community.

Build a stronger and more effective organization through skillful supervision and management.

Advocate Resources and Training Staff

Ellen Hemley
Ellen Hemley
Ellen Hemley
Vice President of Advocate Resources and Training

312.368.1168

Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Racial Justice Institute Director

312.883.3369

Rasheedah Phillips
Rasheedah Phillips
Rasheedah Phillips
Senior Advocate Resources & Training Attorney

312.854.3383

Janerick Holmes
Janerick Holmes
Janerick Holmes
Associate Director, Racial Justice Institute

312.971.7793

Terrance O’Neil
Terrance O’Neil
Terrance O’Neil
Director of Online Learning

312.757.5105

Our Insights

Across the country, advocates for people living in poverty are working to ensure racial justice is a core part of their work.

Race matters in the fight against poverty in this country.

Our Impact

Advocates Gather to Share Strategies for Pursuing Race Equity

Shriver Center partners with Housing Justice Leadership Institute to support legal assistance for tenants.

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