We are delighted that you are interested in the Multicultural Leadership Program!  As we plan MCLP programming during the pandemic, we have made some strategic changes to the Class of 2021 schedule.  First, we will delay our opening to August 20th to be responsive to health and planning concerns. Second, we are revising our curriculum to exist in a virtual space as needed; we are committed to ensuring the safety of all participants.  Finally, we are reframing our curriculum to incorporate topics related to leadership in uncertain times, including opportunities to work with local partners towards recovery.

After all, “Leadership must meet the moral challenge of its day.”  Jesse Jackson, July 19, 1988

Key dates for Multicultural Leadership Program Class of 2021, updated:

Application due date extended to May 25, 2020.  

The class will run from August, 2020 through March, 2021, with graduation in April, 2021.

Click here for the Class of 2021 schedule.

Click here to apply to the MCLP Class of 2021.

Click here to nominate someone for the MCLP Class of 2021.

What is MCLP?

  • The Multicultural Leadership Program is an intense nine-month journey which runs from July through March each year.   Our mission is to develop leaders who engage the power of diverse perspectives to improve our world.
  • MCLP is a rigorous curriculum which includes many components (assessments, learning events, nonprofit projects, board shadowing, mentoring, buddy assignments, homework, and more.)
  • Core components of the program include:
    • To be a “Servant Leader”
    • To be self-aware and grow as a leader
    • To develop authentic relationships
    • To foster diversity inclusion
    • To make a positive impact

What do participants gain?

  • Click here for alumni testimonials.
  • Increased understanding of specific leadership skills through interactive classes, simulations, and panels.
  • New relationships with fellow participants who come from diverse professions, ethnicities, religions, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic status, and more.
  • Support from a community leader hand-picked to mentor them through this journey.
  • Experience assisting a local nonprofit through their assigned community project team.
  • The opportunity to shadow a nonprofit board.

What is expected of participants?

  • Applicants are expected to check the dates for all learning events and hold the dates when applying.
  • Because sharing in class during these learning events is one of the most enriching experiences for the participant and the class, a participant is expected to attend all learning events. Absences due to unforeseen circumstances are handled on a case-by-case basis. Excessive absences, or a lack of commitment to the program, may affect a participant’s ability to graduate with the class. Class of 2021 Learning Event Schedule.
  • In addition to the learning events, the following is expected:
    • Complete two online assessments in July before classes start
    • Read participant manual before each learning event and complete any readings or assignments
    • Monthly meeting with mentor (one to two hours)
    • Monthly meeting with buddy (one to two hours)
    • “Make a Difference” nonprofit project work done outside of learning events (6-7 months)
          • Semi-monthly team meetings (September through March, one to two hours each)
          • Board meetings for assigned nonprofit (typically at least 2 – 3 meetings total)
          • Participate in two community project presentations (during learning events)
          • Written assignments including project reports

Application Process

  1. Review Learning Event Dates and confirm you can attend all events.
  2. Consider attending one of our Class of 2021 Recruitment Events:
  3. Complete an online application form

Once an application is submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation email with links to forward to professional references who can speak to their leadership experience/potential. Two personal references are due by May 31, 2020. 


Tuition for the Class of 2021 is $1,500. We do not want cost to be a barrier to participation. Some employers cover all or part of the cost of the program. If not, need-based scholarships and payment plans are also available.

The Multicultural Leadership Program is able to keep tuition low thanks to our many volunteers, sponsors, and donors.  We are thankful for all those who ‘pay it forward’ with a monthly, quarterly, or annual gift to help keep tuition affordable.