Why SLI?

In recognition of Carl and Louis Stokes’ powerful legacy, the Stokes Leadership Institute engages leaders across the career continuum to learn about and work to address complex community issues.

You will delve into the five Stokes policy areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Public Safety
  • Workforce Development

SLI will challenge you to address critical problems in these policy areas and provide you with the collaborative skill set needed to advance positive, lasting community change.

Senior Legacy Leaders
The Senior Legacy Leaders are a select group of civically engaged and influential members of the community with a keen interest in mentoring and supporting the development and work of future and current leaders. Legacy Leaders will be invited to participate.

Stokes Fellows
The Stokes Fellows are mid-career professionals who are devoted to learning more about the five policy areas and posses a strong interest in civic leadership and involvement. Stokes Fellows are accepted through a selective application process.

Junior Fellows
The Junior Fellows are selected from students currently enrolled in Cuyahoga Community College’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Scholars Academy by Tri-C faculty and staff in consultation with CLC.

  • Your Commitment

    Participants are expected at each session, including the culminating public experience in June.

    Tuition for the Class of 2020 is $2,000 for Stokes Fellows. Legacy Leaders pay no tuition.

    Partial scholarships are available, and CLC will work with successful applicants to ensure tuition is not a barrier. Scholarships are determined via the scholarship application form that will be available on the same dates as the program application (April 1-30).

  • Application Process

    Applications for Stokes Fellows Class of 2020 will open on April 1, 2019. There is a non-refundable $10 application fee. Applicants must have the full support of their employer and submit two letters of recommendation as part of the application.

    Junior Fellows will register directly through Tri-C. Interested Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Scholars Academy students can contact Jensen Hanna.

To learn more, email Lenora Inez Brown or call (216) 456-8004.