When I arrived in Baltimore for LEE’s African American Political Leadership Program, part of the Diversity in Elected Leadership Series, I often found myself asking “why me?” when it came to running for public office.
Now I find myself asking, “why not me?”
The AAPLP encouraged me to look deep and delve into questions with other workshop participants about the role I could play in achieving educational equity. And it confirmed my belief that our children and communities can’t wait – they need dedicated and transformative political leadership now.
And that I could be one source of that leadership.
The nuts-and-bolts workshop provided participants with a greater understanding of what it takes to mount an effective run for office, and it boosted my confidence in my ability to run a winning campaign.
I also found something I did not expect to find during the workshop: community. It brought together talented leaders from all corners of the country dedicated to developing their leadership and growing the movement for educational equity.
We engaged one another through earnest dialogue and constructive feedback. We learned from one another and forged meaningful relationships in the process. And already, I’m beginning to leverage those relationships in a shared pursuit of ending the injustice of educational inequity.
After the AAPLP, I no longer find myself asking “why me?” Instead, I ask myself “why not me?” and find inspiration in my ability to play a role in ending educational inequity in our time.
About the Diversity in Elected Leadership Series
The Diversity in Elected Leadership series is designed to inspire, develop, and support LEE members from communities historically underrepresented in political leadership who are considering (or already committed to) advocating for educational equity as elected officials.
The program begins with a weekend workshop featuring guest speakers and trainers who bring expertise as elected officials, candidates, campaign staffers, and political consultants. Over the course of the three month program, participants gain first-hand experience volunteering on local campaigns and develop their leadership through peer coaching and completing a leadership plan.
Want to learn more about our Diversity in Elected Leadership Series? Check out our workshop page.