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Will this take place in person?

Unfortunately, NO.  This event will take place entirely on Zoom or a similar platform.  However, DCP has hosted four virtual academy programs and received overwhelmingly positive reviews.  We hope to build on this success. 

Who participated in prior Academies?

Core leadership groups from the following communities:

  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Kenyon College
  • Memphis, Tennesse
  • Menlo College
  • Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • The Ohio State University
  • Portland / Oregon
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Mississippi 
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Wake Forest University

What is the cost?

The cost is your time.  There are no costs for applying or participating in the Academy program.

How will participants prepare for the Academy?

Potential Academy participants will apply in the first quarter of 2022.  Academy participants will be notified before April 15, 2022.  In late-spring, DCP will send Academy participants a spiral-bound set of materials to review in advance of the Academy.  With the assistance of a DCP liaison, core leadership groups will be asked to 1) meet as a group in late spring 2021 to meet one another and begin identifying their expectations for the Academy; and 2) meet with their Academy liaison approximately one month prior to the Academy program to discuss Academy expectations and answer any questions about the initiative.

What should participants expect at the Academy?

Participants will work collectively to build collaborative skills.  Participants will share resources with other similarly situated leaders in their community (community organizer to organizer; city manager to city manager; county sheriff to deputy policy chief). Participants will engage in role plays and hand-on planning grounded in DCP resources.  Participants will work with DCP leaders, former Academy participants, Campus Leaders, a former state Attorney General, former Community Relations Service Conciliators, and DCP collaborators to develop action steps to implement in their communities.

What should we expect following the Academy?

Sustained engagement.  Core leadership groups will be expected to maintain a relationship with DCP to share resources, lessons learned, and give feedback to further develop the Academy initiative.  DCP anticipates maintaining and developing relationships with Academy communities.