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Funded By the Annie E. Casey Foundation: Leadership Development Program

ARCHIVED EVENT - Originally listed: August 25, 2008

The Center for New York City Affairs is accepting applications for a non-credit leadership development program for emerging and established immigrant leaders. This 15-week (3 hours a week) program is a non-credit course funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and facilitated by Azadeh Khalili. There is no fee to participate. The application deadline is August 29, 2008.

This course is designed to enhance immigrant leaders' ability to create and sustain effective grassroots organizations serving the needs of vulnerable immigrant children and families.

This program will help immigrant leaders to recognize and effectively eliminate internalization of the effects of systemic oppressions on these leaders themselves, their organizations, immigrant families and communities by:
  • Learning to listen as a powerful tool for effective management;
  • Telling our own stories connected to racism, sexism, classism, colonialism and migration;
  • Examining internalized oppression as hurdles to our leadership in our communities;
  • Re-evaluating and re-framing past personal and management/leadership experiences;
  • Acting decisively against internalized oppressive programming;
  • Leading and effectively supporting other leaders within our communities;
  • And setting realistic outcomes for oneself, organization and community.
Each weekly class will incorporate tools of re-evaluation counseling and reflective practice, including: listening partnerships, small and large support groups, journaling, role analysis, and coaching.

Class Dates

The course will begin on September 12th, 2008 and will meet every Friday afternoon at the Milano New School. It will end with a weekend retreat from December 21-22. Dinner will be provided at each class.

Class Participation

The class requires active participation and participants are expected to attend at least 13 of the 15 classes. Participants may be asked to withdraw if they fail to attend on a regular basis.

Readings and Assignments

Participants will be expected to complete weekly class readings and listening partnership assignments. All course readings will be provided free of charge.

Center for New York City Affairs

The Center for New York City Affairs is a nonpartisan institute dedicated to advancing innovative public policies that strengthen neighborhoods, support families and reduce urban poverty. The Center's original, applied research and public seminars/workshops seek to explain the politics of community change in local and state government and to define the hurdles blocking the way to stronger urban families and communities.

The Center's public programs offer community leaders and other participants the opportunity to meet powerful players in and around government, and to learn about the context, the influential organizations and other factors that define the policymaking landscape in New York City and urban America.

The Center's current projects include research, writing and public dialogue on Public policy and New York's immigrant families.


The course will be facilitated by Azadeh (Azi) Khalili. During the past ten years, Azadeh has facilitated national and international workshops on effective leadership. She appears on TV and radio speaking on health, human rights, and immigrant integration policies. Ms. Khalili previously served as the Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. Before her appointment in the Bloomberg Administration, she was one of ten Children and Family Fellows with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Earlier, Azadeh established and led Youthbase (previously known as The HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Project), a not-for-profit organization that worked with the New York City Department of Education to provide youth-centered HIV/AIDS education to over 400,000 high school students. Born in Iran, Azadeh holds an M.P.H. from Columbia University and was a Charles H. Revson Fellow at Columbia University. She is a member of United to End Racism and serves on the boards of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), the New York Community Media Alliance (NYCMA) and the Steering Committee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Families Fellowship Network.

Participant Selection Criteria

Fifteen individuals will be chosen to participate in this course. Individuals must have leadership positions in non-profit, grassroots or faith-based organizations serving immigrant children and families.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications for this course is Friday August 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm. Please see application for more details. Upon receipt of the application, Ms. Khalili will call you for an interview.

For more information, please contact:

Azi Khalili
Tel: 718-398-7522


Deadline: Friday, August 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm

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Statement of Commitment:

I understand that, if selected, my participation in the leadership Development course requires attending all 15 program sessions and weekend retreat.

Signature of Applicant: _________________________________ Date: _____________

Complete the information above then email or mail your application to:
Azi Khalili
162 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tel: 718-398-7522

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