LAWRENCE — The KU School of Public Affairs and Administration hosted the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) at the Lawrence campus on November 2-5.
The ELI is a rigorous yearlong professional development program which offers an unparalleled mix of academics and practitioner-based experience, focusing on community building and local government. The Institute involves selective admission of about a dozen African American managers preparing for executive level appointments in state and local government.
The participants travel to seven or eight universities during their year and spend about three days at each location. Host universities include Howard, Southern, KU, Duke, Minnesota, Louisville, Clark Atlanta, and Syracuse. The universities assemble a program for the participants against the backdrop of an annual theme. Participants also are required to prepare a capstone project and paper, and they have a mentor as well.
“Many thanks to [KU staff] for the hospitality, stories, advice, the topics, and the entire experience that I have had here at KU,” said a past participant. “Thank you for setting up the environment to have a real conversation about race.”
The November 2016 schedule at KU included these sessions:
- Engaging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work within the Organization and Community
- Cultural Competency: Community Value and Priority
- Anticipating the Election and Viewing through Diverse Lenses
- Contemporary Trends in Local Government
- A discussion with KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little
- Budgeting, Finance and Big Data—The Next Big Challenges
- Bridging the Arenas of Politics and Administration: Competing values and perspectives
- A tour of the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and dinner at the NFBPA Kansas City chapter president’s home
- Managing Communities: How Race and Culture Make a Difference
"It was very thought provoking and engaging for all the participants. The best experience thus far in the entire ELI program.”
For more information about the ELI visit: http://kupa.ku.edu/events/nfbpa-eli-november-2016