Civility Leadership Institute

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Civility Leadership Institute and Hiram College Partnership

The Garfield Center for Public Leadership at Hiram College has partnered with the Civility Leadership Institute, which is part of General Wesley Clark’s Renew America Together organization (RATO). This is an exciting collaboration with opportunities for self-development, enrichment, and engagement in political discourse. By applying through Hiram College, you will become part of the Hiram cohort of the Civility Leadership Institute.

Application deadline: May 20, 2023

What is the Civility Leadership Institute?

The Civility Leadership Institute (CLI) convenes a diverse group of leaders from around the country for a year of training, learning, and crucial conversations. The Hiram College cohort will include a unique tie back to the college as well as a connection to the broader CLI network. Participants gain deeper understanding from each other while discussing important topics impacting our world today. Classes will meet virtually once a month (schedule below). During each session, participants will work through an exciting curriculum, hear from dynamic nationally recognized speakers, and strengthen their relationships with each other. CLI graduates will receive a professional certification in Crucial Learning™ Crucial Conversations and TypeCoach Influence Training and be invited to participate in enrichment programing. Upon program completion, members will be welcomed into the CLI Alumni network to continue building relationships with one another, celebrate progress and accomplishments, and host/attend special events.

Who should apply for CLI?

Anyone should apply who feels that this program will help them make an impact in their community. We hope to have a diverse class in order to provide our participants with a unique and impactful experience. Hiram College, along with Renew America Together, knows that it is our differences that make our country stronger, and making sure CLI cohorts reflect America is of the utmost importance. Through the application process we consider: professional fields, gender identity, education, political ideology, ethnicity, geographic location, age, and more. National CLI alumni members include community leaders, law enforcement, mayors, educators, business leaders, grassroots activists, congressional staffers, nonprofit executives, students, etc.

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  • Attend all virtual sessions taking place one day each month for five months with six months follow-up.
  • Have access to Zoom.
  • Participate in survey measurements during and after the program.
Application and selection process:
  • Complete application to the Civility Leadership Institute (CLI) before the May deadline.
  • Participate in any additional follow up regarding the application (including scholarship questions).
  • CLI Cohorts will consist of approximately 30 participants.
  • The third cohort will be announced in June.
Investment per participant:
  • $1,000 tuition (includes physical course materials, facilitated sessions, and two professional certifications which will be received upon completion)
  • Several full and partial scholarships available through the general online application.
  • Payment is due upon acceptance into the program.

Participants will:
  • Engage in the year-long Civility Leadership Institute program.
  • Hear from and interact with nationally recognized speakers on a monthly basis.
  • Recognize their communication, leadership, and influence styles as well as adapt to positively impact others.
  • Acquire tools to help communicate with those who may not share their views.
  • Learn how to engage in crucial conversations by creating mutual purpose and building mutual respect.
  • Apply learnings to specific situations through project work.
  • Co-create solutions to organizational and societal problems with fellow participants.
  • Connect with the entire national CLI network.
Upon graduation participants will:
  • Receive professional certificates of completion from: Crucial Conversations™, Verifier+, and Influence training by TypeCoach.
  • Join the CLI Alumni network.
  • Invitation to attend continuing monthly enrichment sessions with General Wesley Clark, other Renew America Together (RATO) featured speakers, and the vast CLI alumni network.

Please note the time of these sessions is central time.

Session 1: August 9, 2023

Session 2: August 18, 2023
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Session 3: September 15, 2023
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Session 4: October 20, 2023
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Session 5: November 17, 2023
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Session 6: December 15, 2023
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

January through June 2024 enrichment sessions with featured speakers will be held each third Friday of the month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET