Community Equity Program

Wilders Community Equity Program Cohort of 2019-2020
Experience leadership in public policy from #CommunitytoCapitol

The Community Equity Program supports Indigenous, Black and People of Color (BIPOC/IBPOC) to influence and enact public policy at Minnesota's Capitol. Formerly known as Community Equity Pipeline, this Wilder Foundation community leadership program builds their power, skills and experience to become more actively engaged in and impact public policy decision making for their communities.


About Community Equity Program

The Community Equity Program (CEP) is an immersive program housed out of Wilder Foundation that brings together up to 15 Black, Indigenous, Black, People of Color (BIPOC) who currently serve as community leaders to build an even more powerful and influential voice in public policy decision making in order to drive social change and transform lives in Minnesota. 

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.

Program Length

9 months (September - May)

Program Format

Cohort members should expect to spend about 20 hours per month on CEP-related activities.

  • 5-hour cohort educational sessions every other Friday from September-May
  • 3-5 hours per month working with your paired advocacy coalition/organization
  • 3-5 hours per month spent on individual assignments, group projects, time at the Capitol, etc. 
  • Regular 1:1 technical assistance/support check-ins with staff (monthly or every other month)
  • Mandatory All-Day Kickoff Retreat in September
  • Mandatory 2-Night Retreat in January 

Who should participate in CEP?

Our program is open to applicants who are both early and seasoned in their leadership journeys. At CEP, we are more interested in learning about your passions and commitment to building your skills to shift policies and make change in the communities you care about than degrees and accolades. Everyone has something to learn and share from/with one another.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older by September 1st, 2020
  • Identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color
  • Demonstrate clear connection to and involvement with BIPOC communities
  • Interests in building power for and with BIPOC communities
  • Committed to attending scheduled cohort meetings and coalition activities during the extent of the program (students are welcome to apply if they can guarantee their availability the entire program year)

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

Apply to the Community Equity Program

Join CEP in 2020-2021 and build your public policy leadership experience!

Our decision-making timeline:

  • Friday, June 26, 2020 - Friday, July 17, 2020: Applications are open
  • Monday, July 27, 2020 - Tuesday, August 4, 2020: Group interviews w/ Selection Squad via Zoom
  • Friday, August 14, 2020: Notifications to applicants 

Have questions or need assistance? 
Contact Miah Ulysse, Community Equity Program Manager, at

2020-2021 Community Equity Program Schedule

Meet the Changemakers of the Community Equity Program

Congratulations BIPOC Leaders! 

Get to know the 2019-2020 CEP cohort who just graduated. Find out who they are, what they are invested in and why they joined CEP.

Stories, Research & Impact

Linda Garrett-Johnson, a graduate of Wilder's Community Equity Program

Community Equity Program Gives Experienced Leader Linda Garrett-Johnson a Deeper Understanding of the Legislative Process

With more than 25 years of experience advocating for public policy changes, Linda Garrett-Johnson knows how to read a bill. Even with her experience, Wilder’s Community Equity Program helped Linda deepen her knowledge of the Minnesota le...More about this story »

Meet the Community Equity Program Team

Miah Ulysse

Program Manager, Community Equity Program