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 & PURPOSE
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.”
Our work is grounded in 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.
Purpose of the Institute
- To mobilize and equip Black women as informed health equity advocates in Wisconsin.
- To bridge Black women leaders with system, community, and cross-sector partners to impact transformational change.
- To build a statewide coalition of empowered Black women to advance health equity in Wisconsin.
- To co-create new equitable systems, structures, and ways of being that transform Black women's health and well-being in Wisconsin.
Institute Structure & TIME COMMITMENT
The Well Black Woman Institute is an 8-month training experience organized for small learning cohorts of 10-15 Fellows each year. The program will be primarily virtual, with periodic in-person meet-ups.
The inaugural 2022 Fellow cohort engagement timeline is February 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022.
WBWI Fellows are expected to invest 6-8 hours per month on the training and developmental experience. We encourage you to assess whether you will be able to commit this time consistently over the 8-month Institute program as you consider applying.
The Institute training experience consists of:
- One monthly 4-hour live virtual group training session
- 2-3 hours of independent learning per month outside of live virtual training session (i.e.
required supplemental readings, videos, and written reflection)
- Periodic in-person meet-ups
WBWI facilitators and instructors are experts in the field of public health, education, civic engagement, and transformative leadership. The WBWI connects participating fellows with leaders, systems partners, and mentors to leverage our collective work and to co-design solutions that respond to health equity gaps.
WBWI Fellows will complete a required culminating project to outline their plan of action in the months and years following the institute to amplify their impact on health equity in their communities. Fellows will be supported by staff and instructors to shape and develop their projects.
After completing the 8-month foundational training experience, WBWI Fellows are expected to remain engaged with the Institute for 2 years as mentors to new cohorts and as partners to inform, co-lead, and advocate alongside the Foundation on health equity efforts.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Black Women in Wisconsin who are passionate about driving change to improve health and well-being in their communities; and who are driven to collaborate with other Black Women and organizational partners for powerful collective action.
apply today - Deadline, Friday, December 10, 2021
Complete this application by Friday, December 10, 2021 for the inaugural WBWI cohort.