Ruby Dee. Shirley Chisholm. Dolores Huerta. Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez. Yuri Kochiyama. Malala Yousafzai. These women were all integral in the fight for civil, human and women’s rights. Their contributions to social justice have helped move our society forward. It shouldn't end with them.
Diversity in leadership is important.
Men still outnumber women in leadership positions at the grassroots and political levels. Additionally, people of color are underrepresented in grassroots and political leadership. Diversity in leadership is important because it provides varying perspectives that will help build inclusive policies and strong communities.
Introducing u Got Juice women's leadership development program
U Got Juice Women’s Leadership Development Program is a leadership development program for women, with a special focus on minority women, in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community (program will expand to other Hip Hop Caucus communities).
A partnership between the juice crü and the Hip Hop Caucus, the 12-week program teaches participants how to lead grassroots social movements to create community change. The class will accept up to 10 women. Using the Roadmap to Social Change as the guide, the program will lead participants on a path of personal discovery, introduce them to local, state and regional issues, present them with resources to increase their social capital and require them to use what they've learned by implementing a social movement aligned with their interest alone or with others in their cohort.This program seeks to increase the diversity of grassroots and political leadership by increasing the number of women and people of color actively participating in social change locally.