Community Equity Program

Experience political leadership from #CommunitytoCapitol

The Community Equity Program (CEP) is an immersive political leadership program that brings together Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) who want to get involved in Minnesota’s legislative policy and fight for change in their communities. Led by a BIPOC team, CEP provides participants with a 9-month cohort experience along with knowledge and tools to: advocate and advance state-level legislation, engage with policymakers, question existing systems of power, create space for dreaming, and ultimately, build community power and solidarity to advance justice at the Capitol. 

Note: this program does not explicitly focus on electoral politics or running for office (but can help you in the long run if you do!). The cost to join CEP is free and only requires time and commitment.

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Apply for the Community Equity Program Crash Course

The Community Equity Crash Course Is Back!

The Community Equity Crash Course takes place over four sessions, meeting every Monday in June 2024. It is an intensive political and advocacy leadership program designed for advocates, allies, community members, and those who are interested in learning about the Minnesota legislative process.

The program equips participants with the necessary tools to engage meaningfully with the Minnesota legislative process and ensure that Capitol policies reflect their needs and those of their community. The Community Equity Crash Course is a condensed version of Wilder's Community Equity Program, whose graduates have gone on to become legislators, mayors, campaign organizers, non-profit leaders, and powerful advocates. The Community Equity Crash Course is ideal for individuals who cannot commit to the 9-month program required for

 No experience is required, but even those with intermediate experience in legislative advocacy will gain valuable skills and connections. 

Please email CEP@wilder.org with questions.

I always felt like my life was shaped and determined by decision makers. Being in this program has allowed me to step up and be part of the decision-making.


Phillipe Cunningham, 2015 CEP Alum

About the Community Equity Program

Community Equity Program's mission is to deepen engagement of BIPOC communities in the legislative process by building connections to people, communities, groups, and organizations that influence or enact public policy. 

      2023-2024 Community Equity Program Schedule

      Kick off: Friday, September 8 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, September 9 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.(in-person) 

      2023-2024 CEP Sessions:

      • Friday, September 22 (in person)
      • Friday, October 6 & 20 (in person)
      • Friday, November 3 & 17 (in person)
      • Friday, December 1 (virtual) & 15 (in person)
      • Friday, January 5 (virtual) & 19 (in person)
      • Friday, February 2 & 16 (in person)
      • Friday, March 1 & 15 & 29 (in person)
      • Friday, April 12 & 26 (in person)
      • Friday, May 10 (in person)

      Graduation: | May 17 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (in person)

      It’s a great learning experience to help anyone who wants to make change actually do it, and give them the confidence and the tools to actually do it.

      Lindberg Chambliss, 2021-2022 Community Equity Program Alum

      Meet the Changemakers of the Community Equity Program

      Congratulations Leaders! 

      Get to know the members of the 2023-2024 cohort of the Community Equity Program.

      Meet the Public Policy Team

      Dan Buck

      Public Policy Associate Program Manager

      Michelle Koffa Dormoh

      Community Equity Program Manager

      Adrián Rafael Magaña

      Director of Public Policy & Community Relations

      Stories, Research & Impact

      Keisha Mitchell

      The Community Equity Program provided Keisha Mitchell with hands-on experience during a historic Legislative session

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