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INSTITUTE FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

The Need for Leaders

A void in black leadership, both at decision-making tables and in community, makes it impossible to hold educational institutions accountable, and to demand meaningful changes in policies and practices and resource allocation for equitable improvements in black students’ academic outcomes.

Our Response

BLU’s Institute for Civic Engagement (ICE) creates an infrastructure that cultivates a robust black leadership pipeline with leaders who are prepared to:
 

  • Engage and strategize on educational issues and other related social/economic issues, using a race-conscious analysis

  • Advocate for data-driven decision-making and resource allocation

  • Address implicit/unconscious bias and institutional racism across K-16 systems 

  • Affirm asset-based narratives with accurate depictions of black students and communities

Building new student leaders for the African American community. This is a 6 - month training that focuses on cultivating leaderships skills while helping members develop effective strategies to achieve their leadership goals.

Stay tuned for 2021 application

Building new parent leaders for the African American community. This is a 6-month leadership fellowship to train and support African American parents to lead and serve in the Inland Empire.

Building new leaders for the African American community. This is a 6-month training to train support Black leaders interested in running for public office or appointment to a public commission or board in the Inland Empire.

Stay tuned for 2021 application

This is a 6-month transformational development training, seeding a new generation of student leaders who are fully prepared, supported and organized to advocate for themselves and be change agents on their college campus and beyond.

ALUMNI SUCCESSES

  • 3 Alumni - Elected Presidents of District-wide African American Advisory Councils (2 in the largest school Districts in the IE) 
     

  • 4  Alumni - Ran/Running for elected office 2020 (2 city council, 1 school board, 1 US congress)
     

  • 4  Alumni - Ran/Secured public Commission/Board Appointments (Human Relations, Housing Commission, Non-Profit Association, 
     

  • 1 Alumni - Appointed to Labor Union leadership position
     

  • 1 Alumni - President of NAACP San Bernardino Chapter
     

  • 6  Alumni - Elected to College Campus Leadership positions (Spelman, Hampton, Morehouse, Syracuse, CSU East Bay, UC Riverside)
     

  • 3  Alumni - Selected for CA Assemblymember Eloise Reyes 30 Under 30 Leadership Award 2020
     

  • 2 Alumni - Hired at BLU to support Education Policy & Advocacy

"CHANGE WILL NOT COME IF WE WAIT FOR SOME OTHER PERSON OR SOME OTHER TIME. WE ARE THE ONES WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR. WE ARE THE CHANGE THAT WE SEEK."

BARACK OBAMA

PO Box 7042 
San Bernardino, CA 92411

909-685-9995