The Rhode Island Foundation is accepting applications for the 2022 class of its Equity Leadership Initiative (ELI). The deadline to apply is Friday, April 15. The goal is to build a pipeline of leaders of color for positions of influence across the state.

“ELI seeks to advance people of color in greater leadership and decision-making positions within our state by identifying, mentoring and supporting a pipeline of accomplished leaders. Organizations and teams thrive when they’re led by diverse leaders to meet diverse needs,” said Angie Ankoma, vice president and executive director in a statement.

According to The Rhode Island Foundation, applicants must be residents of Rhode Island who identify as Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous or multiracial. The year-long program supports existing leaders of color who are working in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and social justice.

The leadership development initiative is scheduled to begin in September, those interested in applying must be able to participate in monthly leadership and program activities. Up to 30 applicants will be invited to participate. There is no cost to apply or participate.

In addition to monthly half-day group meetings, the Rhode Island Foundation says that participants will receive regular one-to-one coaching sessions; will develop a personal leadership vision and goals; will be matched with a mentor; and will make high-level connections across industries. 

An informational session will be held via Zoom for interested individuals Friday, April 1, from noon to 1 p.m. and Monday, April 11, from noon to 1 p.m.  For more information, visit

This will be ELI’s second class. For information on the members of the initiative’s inaugural group, visit