Network Eligibility & Application


Eligibility Requirements 

Candidates selected for inclusion in the Racial Equity Leadership Network may vary in the size of the district they lead, demographic composition, budget size, geographic location, and in the types of equity challenges they identify. Our selection will be foremost guided by the districts’ and candidates' ability to demonstrate a true need and willingness to seek equity-centered systemic change and their commitment to be a consistent participant and contributor to the Racial Equity Leadership Network. Ultimately, the Racial Equity Leadership Network will come to be reflective of the racially and economically diverse communities that constitute our southern region & beyond.

District Fellow Candidate (1)

  • must be an executive leader (i.e., Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer) in a school district in the South that is committed to reducing inequities in their districts and exhibit readiness to implement innovative, transformational change in their system. Special consideration may be given to candidates from states outside the South on a case-by-case basis.
  • must be available and committed to attending and fully participating in all five (5) two-day Network Convenings.
  • must identify and support the involvement of a design team inclusive of 5-7 members. This can be an existing team if applicable. This team will be responsible for identifying a racial equity challenge that exists within their district and designing and implementing strategies to advance progress on it. We strongly recommend including at least one member of your cabinet level team (i.e. Chief Academic Officer, Deputy Superintendent) to promote support and consistency.

District Design Team (5-7 members)

Fellows will be asked to create in-district design teams, a 5-7 member workgroup of district colleagues committed to addressing racial disparities within their school system and have the desire, influence and capacity to support the Fellow in their efforts to forge change. We encourage district leaders to be thoughtful of the capacity of design team members as active participation will be a core expectation of each member of the design team though we are aware that Design Teams will be subject to change throughout the fellowship experience. (We invite you to involve members outside of the aforementioned list, which is provided for example purposes only.)

Candidates will be asked to provide a rationale for the composition of their team and to describe how they plan to ensure the necessary capacity and opportunities for learning for their team to fully engage in the Network.


Network Schedule:

*Convening foci are continually developed and are subject to change



Interested applicants should submit their application through the online application form. Application submission generally takes 45-60 minutes to complete. Because the online application must be completed in a single uninterrupted session, we suggest downloading & completing the Word Application and then transferring answers to the online form.

The components of the application will include:

  • Candidate Information
  • District Description & Data
  • District Goals, Priorities & Equity Orientation
  • Identification of District’s Racial Equity Leadership Design Team
  • Optional: Additional Attachments


Have questions about the fellowship? See our FAQ for answers to general questions. For additional assistance, please forward all inquiries to our RELN Program Coordination Team at

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