Fall Dates: Sept 15 | Oct 20 | Nov 17 | Dec 8
Spring Dates: Feb 9 | Mar 9 | Apr 13
Cost: $65 (includes lunch, materials and tour)
Deadline to Apply: June 30th
Establish a support network
Equip leaders for the next phase of leadership
Elevate voices of Color
Attending once a month class
Cohort group meeting four times outside of class
12335 University Mall Court
(2nd Floor Parking Garage)
Tampa, FL 33612
Our vision and hope is to ESTABLISH a support network among ethnic minority leaders in the Underground and to EQUIP them for next level leadership opportunities. We understand the value of being invested in and taught by leaders of Color, so this cohort is designed for us and led by us to ELEVATE the voices and experiences of people of Color. Each class provides the opportunity for development and training that is specific to the unique needs and challenges of leaders of Color.
Sept 15: What Lies Beneath: Character - Demetrius Cherry and Labreia Cherry
Who are we when no one is looking? Does our leadership exceed our character? What are the threats and pitfalls to our character that we encounter or need to be aware of? Why is it important for us, especially as leaders of Color, to have a strong character? This class will discuss the importance of developing, investing and growing our character no matter how long we have been leading. Investing in one’s character is critical to spiritual authority and integrity.
Oct 20: Sazón- Embracing your Leadership Flavor - Brad Everett and Keisha Polonio
How has leadership been defined? Who are the spiritual leaders that have discipled you? What have we been taught or seen as acceptable or appropriate leadership? Many of us have been discipled and/or under the leadership of White people (primarily men) and whiteness has too often defined leadership. This class will discuss principles to learning your own style of leadership, growing confidence in our way of leading, and how we can create an atmosphere that is welcoming and embracing of various styles of leadership.
Nov 17: In and Out of the Sunken Place: Ethnic Identity - Melyssa Cordero and Wil Sekajipo
Why is a strong ethnic identity critical to our leadership development and our effectiveness in leading others? Is ethnic identity development something we focus early on in our discipleship or is it an ongoing process? How do we help others grow in their ethnic identity? What is the value and cost of assimilation vs. acculturation? In this class we will explore and discuss how to lead out of a strong understanding of ourselves ethnically and culturally and the challenges that come with this in a multi-ethnic context.
Dec 8: Navigating White Waters: Cross Cultural Dynamics - Brad Everett and Keisha Polonio
What are the dynamics at play when we lead or lead alongside white people? How can we be true to ourselves (our voice, our way of thinking and leading) while also being aware of how it affects White people and the potential for it to cause conflict? How do we deal with the insecurity, attack on our character, feeling incompetent, or like we’re the problem in these often racially charged situations? This class will explore some of these dynamics while also preparing and equipping us as leaders of Color to address issues that arise in multi-ethnic settings.
Feb 9: Watch Their Space: Raising Up and Mentoring Leaders of Color - Chandra Lee
Why is it critical for us (People of Color) to be raising up the next generation of leaders (white or of Color)? How do we raise up leaders who are unapologetically themselves rather than mini versions of us? How do we identify gifts and talents in others and advocate for and create opportunities for growth? What do minority leaders need for continued growth and development? What is the difference between discipleship and mentorship? In this class we will discuss how to invest in people's spiritual lives as well as help them to grow in the influence and impact they are making in the world around them.
March 9: The Spoken Word: Communicating Your Passion - Melyssa Cordero & Dan Rodriguez
What are you passionate about, evangelism, prayer, discipleship, racial reconciliation, grace and forgiveness, etc.? What is your message to communicate and contribute to our community and the world? This class will help prepare and guide you as you think about how to preach, teach and communicate your passion and/or vision in a variety of settings. We will look at the principles and mechanics that can help us become better communicators in our ministries, in the Underground movement, and in the places where Jesus will send us.
April TBA: Tampa Bay Black History Tour
Led by noted local historian Fred Hearns, you’ll tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district. Learn about life in Tampa’s African-American community, from the 1890s through the late 1960s. This outdoor trek begins at the new Robert Saunders Public Library and explores the social, political, musical and religious traditions of Tampa’s Black life in Tampa.
May TBA: Reflecting On Our Roots Retreat
Time of celebration of what the Lord has done and has spoken to Us; prayer and reflection on our year together and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit to lead us as we move forward. GOOD FOOD TOO!
Meets 4 times (2 Fall, 2 Spring) outside of class
Cohort groups exist to serve as a space for prayer, accountability and to listen to each other as you share successes and challenges.