The Rural Assembly is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a smarter, greener, more inclusive Rural America. We work to help current rural leaders find their voices and to help emerging leaders build agency. In the next two years, the Rural Assembly will strengthen relationships with rural leaders who lift up marginalized voices, especially ones working with communities of color, young people, immigrants, and women.

How can you get involved with the Rural Assembly?

The Rural Connectors is a program for rural leaders that connects leaders to each other, helps urban-based institutions engage with rural communities effectively, and offers the country a reliable network of rural problem solvers.

The Rural Youth Assembly is a two-day, site specific gathering for rural young people, ages 16-24 that will be held in the Rio Grande Valley April 2-5, 2020. The Assembly will focus on issues of equity and social justice, particularly related to rural communities of color. Participants will spend one day in leadership training and one at program sites in the region.

The first ever Rural Women’s Summit took place this October in Greenville, South Carolina. Over the two and a half days, over 200 women and their allies gathered to articulate the civic, political, and cultural impact of women’s leadership in rural America. More than 60 of these women delivered workshops, speeches, and plenary sessions on topics ranging from women and caregiving to combating climate change to running for public office. Stay tuned for summit follow-up for all rural women leaders and their allies. 

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Images from Rural Assembly national gatherings over the years

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