2021 Political Institute

In collaboration with community partners Advance Carolina and the North Carolina Black Alliance, VOICES OF CHANGE is committed to identifying and enabling qualified Black women and women of color leaders to step up and seek elected and appointed office.

Historically, Black women and women of color have been significantly underrepresented as officeholders at the state and federal levels. Of the 142 women serving in the 117th Congress, only 23 are Black. There are no Black women serving in North Carolina elected state executive offices.

This underrepresentation belies the importance of Black women and women of color as voters with many political analysts crediting the Democratic victories in 2018 and 2020—taking back control of the Congress and White House—on the turnout of these voters.

We know to begin addressing this gap, we must create alternative structures of training and support apparatuses to invest in Black women and women of color seeking political office. The Voices of Change Political Institute seeks to address this gap in representation of Black women and those of color in office by providing an institute that informs, prepares, and creates a lasting community to support future candidates.

Through our comprehensive non-partisan training programs, the Voices of Change Political Institute prepares women to enter the political pipeline. We help women build their confidence and develop the practical skills to run successful campaigns and serve as powerful and effective leaders.

The 2021 Voices of Change Political Institute will occur bi-monthly June 12 – October 2 on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. All sessions will be held virtually.

Women selected to participate in the Voices of Change Political Institute will hone their leadership skills, prepare for political campaigning and develop tools for effective and ethical public service. Features presenters will include state and local elected officials, professors, media experts, leadership trainers, noted political strategists and community organizers.

The Voices of Change Political Institute is open to Black women and women of color of all backgrounds, interests, and political affiliations.

Applications will be accepted May 15 – May 25, 2021Deadline Extended! Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2021.

The application period for the 2021 Political Institute is now closed.

Pictured L-R: Eva Clayton, Jeanne Lucas, Linda Coleman, Elizabeth Cofield, Shirley Chisholm, Loretta Lynch, Ida B. Wells,
DeAndrea Salvador, Alma Adams, Pamela Brewington Cashwell, Elreta Melton Alexander-Ralston, Shinica Thomas

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