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Well Black Woman Institute

The Well Black Woman Institute (WBWI) is a leadership training ground for Black Women committed to empowering a generation of Well Black Women and families.

Well Black Woman Institute

The WBWI builds the knowledge, skills, and capacity of Black Women to become health equity advocates, leaders, and change agents within our own lives, our community, and across the state. 

Framework

The Well Black Woman Institute is an innovative leadership development program that will serve as a springboard for participating fellows as they position themselves as leaders in the health equity and community justice fields. The core institute incorporates well-established power building, personal and collective empowerment, and capacity-building models to successfully prepare and activate women for social impact.

“Our politics initially sprang from the shared belief that Black women are inherently valuable. [...] Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters and our community which allows us to continue our struggle and work.”
The Combahee River Collective Statement, April 1977

Our work is grounded in community power-building, rooted in community-driven transformation, and a theory of change that centers Black women as the locus of power and impact to drive transformation both on the personal, community, and systems level.

Structure

The foundational cohort experience is 8-months long and will be facilitated virtually until it is safe to gather the cohort in person.  WBWI facilitators and instructors are experts in the field of public health, education, community organizing, civic engagement, and transformative leadership. The WBWI connects participating fellows with systems partners, mentors, and community leaders to leverage the WBWI experience and co-create solutions that respond to the most challenging racial disparities of our time. Well Black Women Institute Fellows will receive targeted support, engagement,  and resources for two years after completing the foundational training.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Black Women in Wisconsin who are passionate about individual and community health and wellbeing; and who are driven to collaborate with other Black Women and organizational partners for collective action in the community.

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The first cohort will launch in early 2022. Complete this interest form if you want to be notified when the application opens for the inaugural WBWI cohort. 

QUEStIONS?

Please contact wbwi@ffbww.org.

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The Well Black Woman Institute (WBWI) is a leadership training ground for Black women committed to empowering a generation of Well Black Women and families. The WBWI builds the knowledge, skills, and capacity of Black Women to become health equity advocates, leaders, and change agents within our own lives, our community, and across the state. The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness is designing the WBWI so that Black Women are leaders in reshaping the conditions in which they live, work, and play.

Leadership
The WBWI is a training ground for Health equity leaders.
Advocacy
The WBWI empowers Black Women to become health equity Advocates.
Skills
The WBWI builds the Skills for Black women to step into our full power. 
Knowledge
The WBWI builds the knowledge for Black Women to lead, shape and influence our environment. 
We believe...
In a world where Black women and girls live long, happy and thriving lives.

Read more about the Foundation’s vision and history here.
We believe...
Black women are most qualified to shape and lead equity efforts that directly impact our lives and health.

Black women and communities equipped with knowledge, skills, information, and access to networks of power will lead powerful change in our communities.

Read more about these assumptions in our Policy and Advocacy Framework here.

The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness is committed to inspiring and energizing our Fellows. You will be connected with powerful Black Women across Wisconsin who are movers and shakers, visionaries, and scholars. Fellows will reveal, celebrate and leverage their individual and collective power, wisdom and strength. Black Women are the center and the norm; Black Women’s joy is celebrated and amplified in the institute.

Collaborative Learning 
Purposefully sequenced content and speakers with the opportunity to co-create and reshape knowledge.
Connection
Vibrant and engaging environment facilitating relationships and transformation.
Engagement
Resource sharing, community gatherings, summits, and continuous communication following the foundational experience.  
Deep Leadership Exploration 
Tools and self-reflective opportunities to recognize and cultivate internal gifts, wisdom, talents, and knowledge.