If we are to build smarter, more prosperous, more inclusive rural communities, then we need to build and support systems where new leadership emerges and new ideas can flourish.
To cultivate a sense of shared purpose and possibility, rural leaders need to hear themselves and hear one another.
We are creating a program for rural leaders called The Rural Squad 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 Assembly will be intentional about placement of Rural Squad members at conferences, meetings, policy briefings. They will carry learnings and connections back to the constituencies they represent.
With intention, the Rural Assembly will support a squad of rural leaders working at various levels in rural America. We will cultivate strategic connections across geography, race, class, and programmatic disciplines that strengthen the ability of advocates to make progress at local, regional, and national levels.
Interested in being part of The Rural Squad with the Rural Assembly? Stay tuned for the application!