Southern Education Leadership Initiative

The Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI) was developed over ten years ago to mark the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the decision that broke the spine of legalized segregation in public education. The belief was there still remains work to be done in fulfilling the promise of Brown and in ensuring that all children, irrespective of race, class, gender or national origin, receive an excellent education.  A new generation of thinkers and leaders with big ideas and hearts was needed to carry on Brown's work, and must be given opportunities where they can grow academically and professionally.

"The belief was there still remains work to be done in fulfilling the promise of Brown and in ensuring that all children, irrespective of race, class, gender or national origin, receive an excellent education." 

SELI has stayed committed to these ambitious goals, and has since 2004 provided over 200 students this life-changing leadership development opportunity to work on education equity issues throughout the South.  Through SELI, talented and diverse young leaders have conducted important research, policy analysis, advocacy, and organizing efforts across the region in 97 nonprofits and foundations.  SELI alum can be found today working as educators, policymakers, researchers, community organizers and committed civic leaders dedicated to improving the life chances of all children.

 

The Ginny Looney Fellowship Fund

The 2018 Southern Education Leadership Initiative is being graciously supported by the Ginny Looney Fellowship Fund. In the spirit of honoring the life of Ginny Looney, a long-time Atlanta-based attorney who was committed to fairness, ethics in government, and equitable public education, 10 emerging leaders will have a unique leadership development opportunity in the South.

The summer fellow who receives the Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award will receive an additional stipend at the end of the summer to carry their work forward. The recipient also will be able to designate a donation from the Ginny Looney Fellowship Fund to the southern education effort of their choice that is significantly moving the needle toward equitable education. The Award is designed to provide an opportunity for a young emerging leader to receive special recognition and reward for making a very significant contribution to an advocacy effort and to have an initial experience as a donor supporting the compelling work of others.  If you would like to contribute to this effort, please click here.

 

View the SELI 2018 Prospective Fellows Webinar HERE.

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