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Communities of Color Two Day Training

Communities of Color Two-Day Training

Representation Matters: Are You Ready to Run for State Office?

CCM's Free Two-Day Training will Teach People of Color the Fundamentals to Run for State Office and Discuss the Benefits of Civic Participation!

2022 Trainings

Day One: Saturday, March 12, 2022

A one-day intensive training from The Campaign School for people of color with a newly discovered or revived passion for politics. This session will provide a foundation and skillset for launch as community leaders.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Making the Decision to Run
  • Essentials of Fundraising
  • Finding Your Voice, Making It Matter
  • Roundtable Discussion with TCSYale Alumnae
  • Effective Networking Techniques, Steps and Questions

Click here to register for Day One.

Day Two: Saturday, March 19, 2022

Day Two will include presentations from and conversations with individuals with varying state government backgrounds.

Learning objectives:

  • How to pursue elective (or appointive) office in state government (or municipal government).
  • What to know when assuming elective (or appointive) office: ethics, public meetings, basic government and finance, and more.
  • Why and how to get engaged and involved in your community.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Become a Leader in your Community and State and Work for Change
  • Civic Engagement: Why You and Why Now
  • Getting Involved and Working Toward Elective Office
  • Panel of Seasoned Experts—Lessons Learned/Best Practices for Leadership
  • State Government and Finance 101
  • Ethics, Public Meetings, Roberts Rules, Freedom of Information, and more

Click here to register for Day Two.

2021 Trainings

Representation Matters: Are You Ready to Run for Local Office?

The 2021 sessions provided People of Color the fundamentals to run for local office or serve on a board or commission.

Day One: February 13, 2021

A one-day intensive training from the School for people of color with a newly discovered or revived passion for politics. This session provided a foundation and skill set for launch as community leaders.

The training included a comprehensive discussion of all of the components necessary to begin a political career, both personally and professionally; cogent and inspiring speaking techniques; and effective networking.

TCS Yale has been training women to lead for over twenty years and in recent years has included men in the training. That training covers a range of topics including: setting up a campaign, fundraising, developing your message, building your communications and strategy plan, digital and social media best practices and more. The first day of CCM’s training for men and women representing communities of color was adapted from TCS’s great work over many years.

Presentation Topics Included:

  • Making the Decision to Run - Patti Russo, Executive Director, TCSYale
  • Essentials of Fundraising - Francesca Capodilupo, Professor at Fordham University
  • Finding Your Voice, Making It Matter - Gilda Bonanno, President, Gilda Bonanno, LLC
  • Roundtable Discussion with TCSYale Alumnae - YT Bell, Renee Johnson, Babz Rawls Ivy, and Jamie Scott
  • Effective Networking Techniques, Steps and Questions - Patti Russo, TCSYale

Day Two: February 27, 2021

Day Two included presentations from and conversations with individuals with varying local government backgrounds.

Presentation Topics Included:

  • How to Become a Leader in your Community and Work for Change
       Shawn Wooden, State Treasurer and former Hartford City Council President
  • I Want to Get Involved in My Community and Local Government—Where do I Start?
       Mark Overmyer Velazquez, UCONN Hartford Campus Director and former West Hartford Board of Education member
  • Panel of Experienced Municipal Officials of Color Discuss Lessons Learned / Best Practices
       Moderator: Melvette Hill
       Panelists:
       Suzette DeBeatham-Brown, Mayor, Bloomfield;
       Ed Ford, Councilmember, Middletown City Council;
       Roberta Gill-Brooks, Tax Collector, Branford;
       Cathy Iino, First Selectwoman, Killingworth;
       Aidee Nieves, President, Bridgeport City Council;
       Gerard Smith, First Selectman, Beacon Falls;
       Francisco Santiago, Minority Leader, New Britain City Council
  • Municipal Governance and Finance 101
       Scott Jackson, Finance Director, Hamden; Former CAO City of New Haven; Former Mayor of Hamden; Commissioner,
       CT Department of Revenue Services and Department of Labor
  • Ethics, Public Meetings, Roberts Rules, Freedom of Information and more
       Kari Olson of Murtha Cullina

What People Said About the 2021 Sessions