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Minority Political Leadership Institute

The Minority Political Leadership Institute is a collaborative initiative of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.

The Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) is an intensive seven-month experience designed to promote leadership development for individuals interested in issues important to minority communities including: community economics, political climate, civic engagement and racial equity. MPLI offers insights regarding leadership legacy and culture, personal leadership, policy and legislative processes, responsible stewardship, public service, and integrity for future leaders. Each program year, participants engage and interact with communities across Virginia and learn about unique strengths and issues facing different regions of the Commonwealth.

Each program year, colleges and universities from around the state act as host institutions for MPLI training. The 2014 program locations include: Richmond, Virginia; Farmville, Virginia; Lynchburg, Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia; and Washington, D.C..

Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., executive director of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, provides leadership and curriculum development for the MPLI.

View the Minority Political Leadership Institute brochure [PDF]

Virginia Commonwealth University