What is CEP? The Community Equity Program (CEP) is an immersive program housed out of Wilder Foundation that brings together up to 20 Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) people who want to get involved in state-level policy and fight for change in their communities. CEP will provide participants the knowledge and tools to advocate and advance legislation, engage with policymakers, and build community power and solidarity at the Capitol. Note: this program does not explicitly focus on electoral politics or running for office (but can help you in the long run if you do!).
Is there a cost to participate in this program? No.
Is there a stipend for this program? Not at this time.
Why participate in CEP? By participating in the program you will:
skills and knowledge necessary for navigating and taking action during a legislative session including: legislative timelines, navigating the Capitol campus, reading/drafting bill language, coalition building, preparing and delivering testimonies, and more
a space to discuss the harsh realities of public policy work and its impact on BIPOC's physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing individually/community-wide
in an immersive experience by participating in legislative coalitions and supporting legislation that directly impacts BIPOC people and their respective communities
meaningful relationships with a diverse learning community of leaders, who become resources, mentors, friends, allies and a network for your work
with other BIPOC leaders outside the cohort who are doing amazing policy work - elected officials, legislative staff, community organizers/activists, lobbyists, etc.
and cultivate personal leadership through reflection and critical analysis of your experience as BIPOC navigating the legislative process
your knowledge from this program with other BIPOC communities
Who should participate in CEP? Our program is open to applicants who are both early and seasoned in their political leadership journeys. At CEP, we are more interested in learning about your passions and commitment to activating change in community than popularity, degrees or accolades. Everyone has something to learn and share from/with one another. Applicants must:
Be 18 years of age or older by September 1st, 2021
Reside in the Twin Cities metro area (this year has some in-person sessions) - Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties
Identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color
Demonstrate clear connection to and involvement with BIPOC communities
Take interest in building power within and across BIPOC communities
Be committed to attending at least 90% of scheduled cohort meetings and program-related activities during the extent of the program (students are welcome to apply if they can guarantee their availability the entire program year)
What does the commitment look like? Cohort members should expect to spend about 18-20 hours per month on CEP-related activities. A majority of CEP sessions + activities will take place virtually on Zoom. Please refer to the program calendar link below to see which program dates will be held in person.
5-hour cohort educational sessions every other Friday from 9am-2pm from September-May (exact program dates on our
3-5 hours per month working with your paired advocacy coalition/organization
3-5 hours per month spent on individual assignments, group projects, time at the Capitol, etc.
Regular monthly 1:1 technical assistance/support check-ins with staff
Mandatory all-day Kickoff Retreat on Friday, September 10th from 9-5pm
2021-22 CEP Program Dates
September: 10th (In-person program kickoff from 9am-5pm) & 24th
October: 8th & 22nd
November: 5th & 19th
December: 3rd & 17th
January: 7th (in-person) & 21st
February: 4th & 18th
March: 4th (in-person) & 18th
April: 1st, 15th & 29th
May: 13th & 20th (In-person program graduation from 11am-2pm)
Timeline/Process: The CEP Selection Squad (made up of program alumni + staff) uses a 2-part process to select our next cohort - an online application and a virtual group interview. In Round 1, all applicants will have their applications reviewed and scored by a staff + 2 alumni. Those who advance to Round 2 will participate in a Zoom group interview with 1-2 other applicants.
Round 1: Applications
Applications are open from Thursday, May 6th - Thursday, June 3rd
Round 2: Group Interviews (Friday, July 9th - Monday, July 19th)
Interview Notifications: Monday, June 28th
All applicants will receive an update on their application (either you will advance to the group interview round or your application will not move forward). Interview slots will be offered in the morning, afternoon, and early evening (roughly 8am-6pm start times). Please make sure you have a date set aside within this time frame in July to interview as no other dates will be offered.
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