Our First Course: Toward a Just Recovery

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This year has taken a terrible toll on our society, particularly on Black, brown, and Indigenous people in disinvested communities. In addition to our efforts to support partnerships across the country in 2021, the Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is proud to announce a new offering for leaders preparing to act boldly and step into their work with conviction.

This week, we launched the application for our first short-term group course, Toward a Just Recovery. This opportunity is designed for leaders who are committed to leveraging community investment and who are in a position to tackle a challenge associated with racial inequities and economic marginalization in their communities. Over the four months of the course, we hope to deliver our frameworks to the people and partnerships across the country who are already working to ensure that their communities can access the resources they need to achieve their priorities and aspirations. Like the multi-year learning opportunities we’ve offered for the past three years, this short-term course is designed to support leaders in clarifying local priorities, enlisting institutions that could contribute to those priorities, developing a pipeline of investments to achieve their vision, and changing policies and practices to create a more supportive financing environment.

Using our paper COVID-19, Structural Racism, and Community Investment: Notes Toward a Just Recovery as a starting point, teams of three leaders will engage together in group sessions, coaching calls, and peer support. The teams will build action plans to tackle the legacies of structural racism, discrimination, and disinvestment that have impeded the flow of capital for financing transformation and broadening opportunity.

This course might be for you if you are ready to activate or accelerate: affordable housing protection, preservation, and development; climate adaptation strategies; small business protection; food systems; or other plans that require capital to flow to your community’s priorities.

What You’ll Learn 

Grounded in an action-learning framework, teams will: 

  • Build adaptive leadership skills to tackle challenges associated with racial inequities and economic marginalization as they plan for a more just recovery from the health, economic, social, and moral consequences of our double pandemic of coronavirus and persistent structural racism
  • Learn about and apply financial tools to achieve greater scale and impact in recovery efforts 
  • Learn and use the capital absorption framework to create and execute a robust pipeline of high-impact investments to address inequities
  • Create, execute, and receive feedback on action plans to make progress on their recovery efforts, with particular attention to scale and systems change 

Learn More and Apply

Click here for more information about the contents of the course and key dates.

By January 13, 2021, fill out the application, telling us about your team, the result you seek and your team’s ability to achieve it.

Transforming investment in communities

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CCI is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The California Endowment.

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