We want our county leaders to be inclusive and equitable in the important work they do.

The Equity Works Leadership Institute: MACSSA (EWLI:MACSSA) program fosters adaptive leaders who lead inclusively and equitably in county government. This is a leadership program tailored for members of the Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators.

What is Equity Works Leadership Institute?

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We seek individuals committed to equity in county government! The process of actively making change within institutions and systems must take into account the unique attributes of the leader, the complexity of the system and the culture of organizations and communities.

Program Logistics

Two cohorts programs will be offered to MACSSA members in 2019. The first cohort will convene in St. Cloud at the Kelly Inn for monthly, two-day sessions beginning in January 16th and ending in April 24th. The registration fee of $400 will be handled by the Future Services Institute and is due on January 7, 2019. Payment details forthcoming upon acceptance into EWLI MACSSA.

Program Dates & Session Times

Session 1 - 1/16/2019 & 1/17/2019, Session 2 - 2/13/2019 & 2/14/2019, Session 3 - 3/13/2019 & 3/14/2019, Session 4 - 4/24/2019

Day 1: 10:00am to 6:00 pm, Day 2: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Program Objectives

  • Foster courageous leadership for inclusive and equitable systems change in human services.

  • Gain skills and knowledge to apply existing diversity policies into inclusive and equitable practices.

  • Examine social identities (power, privilege, bias), systemic discrimination (historical inequities) and institutional policies that uphold racial inequities.

  • Develop and implement a plan to address policies and practice that inhibit equitable outcomes within county government and the Minnesota human services system as a whole.

  • Cultivate inclusive work environments and communities.

Participation Requirements

  • Must be an MN county social services staff

  • Have some experience engaging (or desire to engage) in racial equity work

  • Willing to be fully present with self and with peers while attending program convenings

  • Pay it forward by sharing new insights gained with broader MACSSA membership

Now Accepting Applications: Apply HERE

On September 27, 12:30-1:30, the facilitators of the program hosted an informational webinar to share more about the program and respond to questions. Play recording (19 min 13 sec).

If you have any questions or need clarity, please contact Isadora Tabue, Equity Works Program Manager directly at colli716@umn.edu or 612.624.6388.