The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership are excited to announce the launch of The Nonprofit Professionals of Color Collective, a new monthly leadership series beginning this month.
The Nonprofit Professionals of Color Collective is designed to provide a caucus space for New Jersey nonprofit professionals of color to engage in a supportive community for growth, professional development, and meaningful peer relationships. The series is facilitated by Victoria Fernandez, acting program director of Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, and Tyneisha Gibbs, founder and principal of 144th & Vine.
“We believe nonprofit leaders, no matter their experience, can benefit from a multi-pronged approach to professional development and that leaders of color are rich with knowledge and will benefit from a nurturing and stimulating support network,” Fernandez said. “The series builds upon past work of the Institute and fills a gap in the sector, and we are proud to have Dodge on board as a partner.”
The series launches with an Opening Gathering from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at Rutgers-Newark. It includes an introduction to the Collective goals and resources for participants, conversations and opportunities to shape future gatherings, and a workshop addressing the state of the nonprofit sector and issues pressing to people of color working in nonprofits. An optional networking happy hour will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Registration is required.
“Many of our grantees have asked us to support a caucus for professionals of color over the past several years, and we are pleased to partner with Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership," said Wendy Liscow, Dodge Education and Technical Assistance program director. "The Institute has demonstrated their commitment and expertise to supporting leaders of color through their multiple training programs.”