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Academy Initiative

All Deadlines Extended to March 31.


The project invites “core leadership groups” of approximately EIGHT individuals to apply.  The goal is to form a leadership team that includes both those who would be at the table when decisions are made when a divisive incident or conflict arises  and those who would implement planning to improve the resilience and readiness.  Ideally, a core leadership group should include the following:

  • For Campuses two representatives from the presidents  or provosts office, a representative from diversity and inclusion leadership (may overlap with the first category), a campus police representative, a faculty member, a communications expert, a student affairs staff member, and a student leader. 
  • State Attorney General/Civil Rights Commission Academy: 5 to 10 diverse leadership groups that can accomplish the goals articulated above.
  • For Communities: two representatives from municipal infrastructure (ideally a high-ranking police official and a city manager or the equivalent), two representatives from the local non-profit community, two community advocates, a member of a religious organization, and a representative from an educational institution.

Will this take place in person?

Unfortunately, NO.  This event will take place entirely on Zoom or a similar platform.  However, DCP hosted a virtualy academy in August 2021 and recieved overwhelmingly positive reviews.  We hope to build on this success. 


How does my community apply?

Click here to submit your application!


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 Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Oklahoma


What is the cost?

Due to generous support from the AAA-ICDR Foundation, and the Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation, the Academy is free for core community leaders.


How will participants prepare for the Academy?

Potential Academy participants will apply in Winter 2021.  Academy participants will be notified before April 2021.  In late-spring 2021, 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, ABA 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.