Criteria to apply for the leadership program

The Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program is seen as an investment in individuals. Every attempt will be made to build a diverse learning community in each cohort.

MPLD is open to people from historically disadvantaged cultural, ethnic, and racial groups which is generally defined for MPLD as:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Middle Eastern/North African

Characterisitics and qualifications

MPLD candidates:

  • Have worked in child welfare for three to five years in the US, including its territories and tribal communities
  • Are seen as promising leaders and have a reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness, and collaboration
  •  Must be comfortable interacting in virtual collaborative spaces such as video conferencing and online courses
  • Must have the ability to devote time away from home or work to focus and actively participate in MPLD
  • Are committed to pursuing systemic change for children and families who are moving toward adoption or guardianship or who have already achieved permanency
  • Are interested in advancing their skills and knowledge of adoption and guardianship
  • Are motivated to become transformational leaders
  • Are committed to personal growth and learning and being part of a community of learning
  • Are committed to attend all virtual and in-person meetings, being present and engaged
  • Are committed to put their acquired leadership skills into action upon completion of the fellowship

Read about the application process and apply.