Community Equity Program

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

The Community Equity Program supports Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) 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. Cost to participate is free!


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 and 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. The cost to join CEP is free and only requires time and commitment.

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.


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

Applications for CEP's 2020-2021 cohort are closed.

Join CEP in 2021-2022 and build your public policy leadership experience!

2020-2021 decision-making timeline:

  • Friday, June 26, 2020 - Friday, July 17, 2020: Applications are closed!
  • 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

I thought, ‘Well, if I’m not going to be in the Legislature, I’d still like to engage it.’ That’s really what drew me to the program.

Linda Garrett-Johnson, 2018-2019 CEP Alum

2020-2021 Community Equity Program Schedule

Kickoff Retreat: Friday, September 11, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

2020 CEP Sessions: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Friday, September 25,2020
  • Friday, October 9, 2020
  • Friday, October 23, 2020
  • Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Friday, December 18, 2020
  • Friday, January 8, 2021

Overnight Retreat: Friday, January 22, 2021 - Sunday, February 24, 2021

2021 CEP Sessions: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Friday, March 5, 2021
  • Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Friday, April 2, 2021
  • Friday, April 23, 2021
  • Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Friday, May 21, 2021

Graduation: Friday, May 28, 2021 | Time TBD

I spent two years working in community health education and health promotion. While doing this work with my community partners, our biggest challenges often involved the policies that made accessing quality healthcare services more difficult. In 2018, I returned to Minnesota with an interest in becoming fully engaged in local policy development and learning about tangible methods to change the policies that negatively impact the well-being of our communities of color.  

When I learned about the Community Equity Program, I was excited to build connections with other BIPOC individuals who were passionate about public policy and to develop a deeper understanding of our legislative system. Throughout my participation in this program, I gained valuable insight into the ways that I can participate and advocate at the Capitol and within the local policy world. Along with this knowledge and most importantly, I met kind and amazing change-makers in this program. I am excited to continue these relationships and to support the great work of each member of my cohort. I will remember my time in this program as a space for growth, learning, and connection. 

Chelsea Williams, 2019-2020 CEP Alum

Meet the Changemakers of the Community Equity Program

Congratulations BIPOC Leaders! 

Get to know the 2020-2021 CEP cohort who just started their leadership journey. Find out who they are, what they are invested in and why they joined CEP.

Stories, Research & Impact

Wilder's Community Equity Program Cohort Developing Public Policy Leadership Experience

Community Equity Program Alum Triasia Givens Advocates for Education

Triasia Givens joined Wilder’s Community Equity Program in fall 2019 because she wanted to join with others to create change in the community. Triasia is the co-chair of the Black Parents Advisory Council of Minneapolis Public Schools an...More about this story »

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

Jasmine Carey

Senior Program Assistant, Community Equity Program

Miah Ulysse

Program Manager, Community Equity Program