Now in its 8th year, CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows is an award-winning program for diverse rising leaders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) who are interested in impacting change in their communities. The Fellowship came out of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, a partnership between Maytree and CivicAction, which identified the need for more diverse leadership to create a stronger and more prosperous region.
With a focus on inclusive leadership and driving impact, this free year-long program provides participants with opportunities for personal leadership development while growing a strong network of civic-minded peers across sectors. Past participants have noted that it helped further their leadership journey while also helping them contribute to their community in a meaningful way post-program.
As a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, participants will have the opportunity to shape their communities by:
- Expanding their personal and professional network throughout the region;
- Making an impact by collaborating on a team project that tackles a pressing social, environmental, or economic issue in the GTHA;
- Building their personal leadership capacity;
- Strengthening their understanding of current civic challenges through engagement with the region’s top influencers and visionaries; and
- Receiving mentorship support from a prominent senior-level leader.
Each year, the program selects approximately 25 rising leaders who represent all sectors and communities within the GTHA. Take a look at our incredible program participants in the pages below.
- From 2009-2016, the DiverseCity Fellows program has had an overall participant satisfaction rate of 90%
- Since 2006, CivicAction has helped rising leaders successfully incubate 19 civic-focused projects of varying scale through its DiverseCity Fellows program and Emerging Leaders Network.
- In the most recent group of DiverseCity Fellows, 100% of Fellows agreed that the program expanded their network overall.
The GTHA is one of the most ethno-culturally diverse regions in the world, with more than 200 distinct ethnicities, more than 140 languages and dialects, and more than half of our residents born outside Canada. However, while we know that diversity leads to better solutions, broader networks and stronger social cohesion, we also know that leadership diversity across sectors still does not fully reflect the many communities throughout the GTHA.
We have more work to do and the CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows program is one of the important ways we’re working to address this gap.
For over 10 years, CivicAction has played the role of neutral sandbox – where unlikely partners from all sectors can come together to tackle some of the GTHA’s toughest social, economic and environmental challenges. In line with CivicAction’s model of collective leadership, the DiverseCity Fellows program convenes diverse rising leaders who are passionate about shaping their community and provides them with the toolkit and network to make it happen.
Who should apply?
- Talented and engaged individuals with a track record of strong leadership and/or community engagement and who have a minimum of 5 years professional and/or volunteer experience.
- Creative problem-solvers who are ambitious, results-oriented, collaborative, empathetic and inclusive.
- Rising leaders in all industries/sectors with a desire to make our region a better place to live and work.
- Diverse individuals of all ethno-cultural backgrounds, religions, genders, and abilities from communities across the GTHA.
How do I apply?
Interested individuals are required to complete an online application form and submit two recommendation forms using the provided template. The recommendation forms should be completed by your employer and/or a personal reference who can speak towards your leadership competencies.
Thank you to all those who applied for the 2017 DiverseCity Fellows Programs. Applications are now closed.
For those who are interested in applying in the future, please note that recruitment typically runs from September to December each year. Interested individuals are required to complete an online application form and submit two recommendation forms using templates provided. The recommendation forms should be completed by your employer and/or a personal reference who can speak to your leadership competencies.
Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee of representatives from different sectors and communities in the GTHA. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an in-person interview about a month after applications close.
If you have any questions regarding the DiverseCity Fellows program, please contact Toota Hassanien (Program Advisor, Leadership Programs).