The Black Family Fellowship provides vital financial support and a comprehensive leadership development program for up to 25 students annually at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School who are veterans and active duty military students from the United States.
This landmark program builds upon what is increasingly clear: that young men and women who have served and often sacrificed for their country represent some of the brightest hopes of their generation to bring fresh, responsible, and ethical leadership to the United States and to the world.
Black Family Fellows will participate in a unique leadership development program administered by the Center for Public Leadership that will cultivate core competencies that are central to public leadership, including promoting strong moral character and ethics; mastering the arts of persuasion and negotiation; leading effective teams and organizations; and fostering sound decision-making. Fellows will participate in the following programming:
- Hands-on experiential learning opportunities including an Outward Bound experience;
- A welcome retreat with the full community of CPL Fellows;
- Engagement with prominent leaders from the military as well as business, government and non-profits, sharpening fellows’ understanding of how they can navigate the civilian world;
- A leadership discussion series focused on bridging the “civilian-military divide” with leadership development opportunities for veterans who are working to transition from military to civilian leadership.
- A field experience trip focused on a particular theme or institution of interest, designed to strengthen Black Family Fellows’ cross-sector leadership capability through engagement with leaders and organizations across the public, private and civil society sectors.
- Service learning opportunities: Through the Center for Public Leadership’s Veteran’s Impact Day, Black Family Fellows will teach and coach civilian students to serve and connect with veterans from around the city of Boston.
Upon graduation, Black Family Fellows will join a vibrant community of more nearly 800 Center for Public Leadership fellowship program alumni who are committed to advancing the public interest