America Indivisible is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Public Leaders for Inclusion Council, a leadership development program for public servants committed to inclusion in local government.

About the Program

The Public Leaders for Inclusion Council (PLC) is a leadership development program which equips public servants in elected, appointed, and professional positions in local government to explore practices and policies that challenge anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hate while building inclusion and social resilience in their communities.

In 2019, America Indivisible and partnering sponsors will select up to 15 leaders serving in municipal, state, and county levels of local government to serve as inaugural members of the PLC. From March to October 2019, this network of leaders will be provided with a range of professional development opportunities including:

  • Exclusive briefings on the religious and cultural landscape of their communities as well as on local incidents of hate and discrimination primarily targeting Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim from Arab, South Asian, Black, and Sikh communities as well as other groups.

  • Six monthly virtual seminars with leading anti-bigotry organizations and thought leaders.

  • A two-day D.C. Summit featuring networking opportunities with peer leaders, trainings and workshops with civic organizations at the forefront of building inclusion in public policy, and an exclusive tour of the Freedom Forum Institute’s Newseum on the National Mall.

  • Eligibility for funding to host a roundtable on inclusion and anti-bigotry efforts in your own community. Grantees will also receive organizational and outreach support to convene these events and engage with community partners.

  • Opportunity to publish an essay in a forthcoming America Indivisible publication about your work to build inclusion through public policy.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must:

  • Be serving in a local government position until January 2020. This includes elected, appointed, and professional positions in city, state and county level government agencies.

  • Be able to participate in a two-day D.C. Summit on July 25-26 in its entirety.

  • Be able to participate in all six virtual, monthly 90-minute seminars (at 12:00 PM EST on April 9, May 7, June 11, August 13, September 10, and October 22).

Preference for applicants meeting the following criteria:

  • Applicants from small-town and rural communities.

  • Applicants with at least some experience engaging with or conducting outreach to vulnerable and/or bigotry impacted communities.

  • Applicants with institutional support from employing agency toward participation in the PLC.

Cost of Participation

Participants are expected to cover their travel and lodging expenses for the two-day D.C. Summit. All other expenses including exclusive demographic briefings, virtual and in-person program curriculum, and most meals during the D.C. summit are covered by the program.

Application Guidelines
Required Documents
The following items are required as part of the application:

  1. Resume and optional letter of recommendation (email to

  2. Application Form (see button at top of page).
    If you are unable to complete this application due to a disability, please email to ask for an accommodation or an alternative application process.

Deadline to apply: EXTENDED TO 11:59 PM EST on March 13, 2019. See frequently asked questions below.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I work in an office that does not work directly on diversity and inclusion related issues. Can I still apply?

A: Yes! There are plenty of ways that public officials working on a range of issues, from health and human services to streets and sanitation, can benefit from participation in this program.

Q: I would like to participate in this program but I’m not available for some of the required components (virtual seminars and/or D.C. Summit). Will my application still be considered?

A: All aspects of this program including the virtual seminars and the D.C. summit are required for all participants.

Q: Can I apply if I have never worked on any issues related to anti-Muslim bigotry or anti-hate?

A: Yes, this program is for public officials from all backgrounds including those who have previously worked on these issues and those for whom these are new topics.

Q: Will my application be considered if I do not have the support of my office/agency?

A: We have a strong preference for applicants who have approval from their local government office/agency although this is not required.

Q: Am I expected to self-fund my travel and lodging for the D.C. Summit?

A: We encourage all participants to secure professional development funding from their employers to cover the travel costs associated with participation in the D.C. Summit. If applicants are unable to secure funding for travel, they may apply for a travel scholarship as part of their application.

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About Us

The Public Leaders Council is an initiative of America Indivisible with funding from the Interfaith Youth Core Interfaith Innovation Fellowship. The Public Leaders Council D.C. Summit is generously supported by the Freedom Forum Institute’s Religious Freedom Center and the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project.