Dorothy I. Height Leadership Institute
The programs and activities of the Dorothy I. Height Leadership Institute are designed to: (1) develop and enhance the leadership capabilities of the (elected) established leaders in the 39 affiliated organizations; (2) identify, develop and integrate a cadre of young, emerging, new leaders into the organizational structure of NCNW and the affiliate groups; (3) identify and address leadership issues that affect the productive volunteer participation of black women in public service areas that address the concerns of the African American community; and (4) strengthen board, staff and community-based sections by increasing their leadership, management, collaborative and comprehensive community service capabilities.
The Dorothy I. Height Leadership Institute (the Institute) is a leadership development center for emerging and established African American women leaders in national organizations, community organizations, on college campuses and in other public and private sector institutions. The Institute takes into consideration the need for intergenerational leadership in all parts of NCNW's family of organizations as well as other African American women's organizations. We operate through two program components for the DIH Institute:
Leaders of NCNW undergo intensive, customized and interactive leadership development that will draw upon current research-based theories and applications of leadership, tailored by the Institute for the audiences. This training will help to respond to the growing concerns of Affiliate organizations regarding leadership problems – particularly the need to integrate younger leaders into established leadership patterns.
College Student Leadership Development
NCNW has college sections on 20 college and university campuses. This program enables NCNW to organize college student leadership units, initially on 20 campuses, and focus learning around leadership knowledge and skills designed to help African American college women select and manage community projects in their off-campus communities while also developing their leadership potential.