The Multicultural Leadership Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving central Illinois since 2009. We strive to create a more diverse and inclusive community, one leader at a time. 


We develop leaders to engage the power of diverse perspectives to improve our world


Leadership that fosters a thriving, inclusive world.

The Institute’s flagship program, MCLP, has developed almost 300 local leaders and partnered with over 50 nonprofits. Each year, we choose 24 – 26 individuals based on their: 

    • Leadership potential
    • Desire for self-improvement
    • Dedication to positively impacting the world

They come together for nine months to absorb the curriculum and collaborate with a team of their peers on capacity-building projects throughout the community. 

MCLP’s intense professional leadership development curriculum provides a framework for current and potential leaders to grow. The core components of our curriculum are:

    • To develop servant leadership skills
    • To enable others to become capable, wise, and better advocates
    • To become more self-aware
    • To develop authentic relationships
    • To foster diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • To provide a welcoming, engaging, and inclusive space for individuals to learn and grow
    • To prepare skilled, informed individuals for leadership positions in public, private, educational, political, and nonprofit sectors
    • To foster leadership diversity through community welfare and civic participation
    • To promote inter-community unity.

Beyond MCLP, The Multicultural Leadership Institute is working hard to be a catalyst for change in our community. Look out for some exciting announcements from us in 2021. To stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter here.