Clone of Building Leaders Together - Leadership Training Institute for Inclusive Communities

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Together North Jersey and Building One New Jersey are partnering to provide an in-depth training institute for emerging leaders in New Jersey that will take place over four weekends in January and February 2015.  The training program is aimed at preparing leaders to become more effective and powerful in their communities and institutions.

Purpose of the training

Across America, communities and regions are reaching a high watermark of economic, ethnic, and racial diversity. These changes have brought many challenges that can turn these otherwise positive trends into forces of instability, fear, and insecurity.

The importance of recruiting leaders in diverse communities to serve on boards, councils or to play leadership roles in community institutions such as unions and churches has never been more important or relevant.

Too often, honest efforts to better reflect the changing demographics of a community or organization fail to recognize and address the power gap that tends to accompany historic disparities.

Many emerging leaders, whether because of age, race, gender, or class biases face a steep learning curve as they confront entrenched institutional power. Relationships developed and experiences learned over many years (sometimes generations) are not overcome easily or quickly.

For school boards, congregations, city councils, and labor unions it is not enough to talk about making our institutions more reflective of our constituencies. Leaders must learn to be leaders; they must learn to become powerful by understanding power and the principles, skills and tools for developing a public life and operating effectively in the public arena.

This training program is designed to help narrow this power gap and better prepare those individuals with strong leadership potential to be stronger advocates for their communities.

The program will focus on leaderhip skills development in the context of challenges and solutions for sustainable community development in the 13-county Together North Jersey planning region.

Where and When

The training will take place at Rutgers University – Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901), with the exception of the first Friday and Saturday which will take place at the University Inn and Conference Center(178 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)

The program will include an overnight stay at the University Inn on Friday, January 23rd.  The cost of the lodging is included in the tuition fee.  All appropriate meals are also included.

Below are session dates:

  • Friday, January 23 - 7pm to 9pm with an overnight stay (including welcome reception from 9pm to 10pm)
  • Saturday, January 24 - 9am to 9pm (breakfast, lunch and dinner provided)
  • Saturday, January 31 - 9am to 5pm (breakfast and lunch provided)
  • Saturday, February 7 - 9am to 9pm (breakfast, lunch and dinner provided)
  • Saturday, February 28 - 9am to 5pm (breakfast and lunch provided)

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can be accessed HERE.

Event Fee

Tuition for the Leadership Institute is $300 per participant.  The fee includes lodging on Friday, January 23rd and the meals listed above.

Partial scholarships may be available to BONJ affiliates and other qualified applicants.
Event Date: 
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event location: 
Rutgers University - Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, 33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Event Fee: 
Tuition is $300 per participant (including lodging and meals) or $200 for affiliates and qualified applicants.

Labor Civil Rights Forum

Building One New Jersey is hosting a forum around the important and timely theme of Restoring the Historic and Powerful Alliance of Labor and Civil Rights for Racial Justice and Economic Opportunity.

With growing frustration over rising income inequality and mounting anger around racial injustice, the pivotal role of unions and civil rights needs to be reexamined for its historic significance and relevance to the critical challenges facing working people today. This non-partisan forum will educate members, allies, and the public about the mutually reinforcing power relationship that once existed between labor and civil rights and how this alliance produced some the most progressive policies and most inclusive expansion of middle class jobs that our nation had ever experienced.

It will show the importance of this coalition for today’s serious challenges and it will call upon our congregations, unions, civic and civil rights groups to work together to restore and revive this alliance to advance and promote both racial justice and economic opportunity for all American workers, their families and communities. 

Attendees will include local leaders, members, and allies such as: 

  • Congregation leaders and clergy
  • Municipal leaders and school board members
  • Civic and local business leaders
  • Local labor and civil rights leaders 
  • Academics and advocates 

Register here for the confernce and reception

Guest speakers will include:

  • Rev. Terrence Melvin, president of the International Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and secretary-treasurer of the powerful New York State AFL-CIO
  • Clayola Brown, national president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), AFL-CIO
  • Paul Jargowsky, director of the Center for Urban Research and Urban Education at Rutgers University and  author of the Architecture of Segregation - Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy
Event Date: 
Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 1:00am to 4:00am
Event location: 
The Conference Center at Mercer 1200 Old Trenton Road West Windsor NJ 08550
Event Fee: 
$150 for Non Members and $75 for Members

2015 Summit Topics and Program

Building One America Summit on Suburbs
A National Conference on Sustaining Diverse Middle-class Communities
July 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC
Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC

BOA will hold its next bi-partisan national conference focused on the related themes ofn social and racial inclusion, environmental sustainability, and economic growth with local elected and grassroots leaders, members of the Obama Administration and members of Congress.

This year’s event will have a number of salient and topical themes related to infrastructure investment, inclusive housing, diverse schools and the challenges facing many suburbs around issues of justice, municipal capacity, and changing leadership.

The conference will include workshops and presentations to help practitioners and policy makers better understand their common challenges and advance critical issue opportunities at both the state and national level. It will include plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and workshops led by experts in community organizing, civil rights, and public policy.

Building One America Summit on Suburbs

A National Conference on Sustaining Diverse Middle-class Communities
July 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC

Draft Program Day I

Thursday, July 23

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Afternoon opening plenary - Hart Auditorium

3:00 - Summit Opened - Sheryll - Professor Sheryll Cashin, Georgetown Law Center

  • Call to order – Professor Cashin
  • Brief, interfaith, welcoming prayer
  • Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Overview – Professor Cashin

3:15 - State of the suburbs – Myron Orfield
Implications for communities, schools, and families

3:45 – Leader’s Round Table (30)

  • Local elected and community leaders
  • Implications for civil rights and economic justice

4:15 – Civil Rights round table (30)

  • National civil rights and labor leaders

4:45 – Leadership Development and Organizing – Paul Scully (25)

5:00 – Break for Dinner and Relationship Building

6:00 – 7:00 – Dinner – McDonough Hall

7:00 – Introduce Workshops (workshop facilitators)

8:00 – 10:00 – Congressional Reception

Building One America Summit on Suburbs
A National Conference on Sustaining Diverse, Middle-class Communities
July 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC

Draft Program Day II

Friday, July 24

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM - Hart Auditorium

8:00 – 9:00 - Breakfast – McDonough Hall

9:00 - Welcome - Dean William M. Treanor, Georgetown Law Center

Morning Session Preparation and Overview - Hart Auditorium

  • Panel of workshop leaders

9:45 – 11:15 - Morning Workshops - Classrooms

Policy Workshops

  • Education
  • Water
  • Housing
  • Transportation

Workshop Format

  • Challenges and Solutions (local)
  • Updates Success Stories & Best Practices (state and regional)
  • Opportunities for collaboration (national)

11:20 - Report Back

12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch – McDonough Hall
One-on Ones and Relationship Building

1:15 – 2:15 – White House Panel - Hart Auditorium

  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Labor

2:15 – 3:15 – Regional and Statewide Caucuses – Classrooms

3:15 – 3:45 – Report Back

3:45 – 4:00 - Keynote and Closing - Hart Auditorium