About the Fellowship for Social Sector Leadership Diversity
The Fellowship for Social Sector Leadership Diversity is a 16-month leadership development program designed to build a diverse pipeline of NYU graduate students who are poised to take on leadership positions in direct service, philanthropy, advocacy, public policy/politics, social entrepreneurship and public service management/consulting.
Several studies, including research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, highlight the alarming underrepresentation of people of color in leadership positions throughout the social sector. The Fellowship for Social Sector Leadership Diversity aims to help address this issue by:
- nurturing diverse students' commitment to public service;
- building their capacity for collaborative and adaptive leadership in the social sector; and
- helping them form supportive networks to bolster and sustain their work as social sector leaders.
This program is not a scholarship. It is open to NYU graduate students who are passionate about public service leadership. Students who identify as members of racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in social sector leadership are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here for more program details and eligibility requirements.
The Fellowship for Social Sector Leadership Diversity is made possible through generous support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Casey’s adoption of a talent management approach to leadership development for staff, grantees and communities ensures that both the Foundation and the public sector are ready for transition into the next decade with the strongest talent available. Learn more here
The Fellowship Experience
Fellows can expect to participate in facilitated learning sessions as well as independent and small group activities that leverage both theory and practice to foster:
Self-Mastery through Reflective Practice: Fellows will acquire the disciplined practice of reflection required to ground leadership in their values while discovering unique strengths, challenges, preferences and tendencies.
Knowledge of Practical Leadership Frameworks: Fellows will explore new approaches and practical steps to set direction, facilitate alignment, foster commitment and achieve results in a changing environment.
Career Exploration & Development: Fellows will explore various career pathways in the social sector while creating and advancing actionable career plans to take up leadership in their areas of interest.
Cross-Sector Networks: Fellows will build cross-sector networks with colleagues who are studying in a broad range of graduate programs at NYU.
The Fellowship Timeline
The fellowship will run from January 2014 to May 2015, with Fellows meeting for monthly learning sessions throughout the academic year. From January to May 2014, Fellows will focus on personal leadership development. From September 2014 and May 2015, they will work on building organizational leadership competencies. Throughout the entire program, Fellows will gain an understanding of various public service career pathways while building their networks of mentors, sponsors and accountability partners in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Click here for more details.