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Learning It Together (LIT) Cohort

Learning It Together (LIT), a cohort-based educational program for faith-based and organizational leaders, is a key feature of the Faith Coordinating Center. The primary goal of LIT is to build collaborative knowledge, capacity, and expertise in a particular topic related to faith and HIV/AIDS. A second important goal of LIT is to strengthen community networks through enhanced collaborations between participating religious and nonprofit organizations. Through LIT, we will develop cohorts composed of faith leaders and/or nonprofit leaders. Six to eight leaders will be selected for each cohort. Cohorts will emphasize specific content areas and will benefit from partnerships with content-area experts and consultants. Lasting over a period of nine months, cohort sessions will include online webinars and self-paced online learning. LIT will be equipped to train others in their local communities, thereby multiplying and amplifying the learning across the southern region. 
 

Who is the ideal candidate?
Cohort members will be a diverse group of faith and lay leaders who are seeking advanced training and resource sharing to advance HIV stigma reduction work in transformative ways that will have a broad impact in their communities and/or across the American South. Ideal candidates will include those who have a history of leading impactful work in communities, including but not limited to wealth building and economic development, food insecurity, human and civil rights, sexual health and wellbeing, mental health and wellbeing, and/or any intersections with faith communities and addressing HIV/AIDS.
 

What is the format?
LIT Cohort members will meet quarterly via web conferencing for trainings and will participate in an online, self-paced curriculum to build leadership capacity. FCC also provides monthly online trainings for faith leaders that are optional for LIT Cohort members to attend. Training topics will include, but not be limited to: 

  • Principles of integrating faith and community organizing; Foundations in theories of change 
  • Spirituality and HIV: Setting the stage for healing
  • How to transform work being done around HIV, sexuality, and LGBTQ groups in faith communities and institutions
  • Communication Strategies during and after COVID-19

Eligibility
Currently, faith leaders and/or nonprofit organizational leaders operating in any of the following twelve (12) Southern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX) are eligible to apply to participate in the Learning It Together program. Current grant recipients are NOT eligible to apply for the LIT Cohort. 

Deadline
April 15, 2021 at 11:59PM EST

Cohort Program Dates
May 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022

Tips for a Successful Personal Statement:

  • Clearly articulate how the Learning It Together program will impact your work with persons living with and/or impacted by HIV.
  • Clearly articulate your interests/experience in topics related to faith and health, with particular focus on how those interests align with addressing HIV-related stigma. 
    • Candidates do not necessarily need to have direct experience working with people living with HIV, but please make it clear how your relevant experiences can contribute to the work being done to address HIV stigma. Relevant experiences in mental health, trauma informed care, community building, leadership training, public health, health ministries, campus collaborations, etc. would be great to highlight. 
  • Clearly articulate any experiences you have engaging with interfaith and/or multicultural communities and your commitment to diversity and inclusion

Additional Attachments Necessary 
In order to have a complete submission and be considered for the program, you are required to upload the following documents:

1)    Personal statement (2 pages maximum)
2)    Resume/CV

Note: After submission, you will receive confirmation of your application’s submission and will hear from the Gilead COMPASS Initiative® Faith Coordinating Center at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

 

For more information on opportunities from Wake Forest University School of Divinity Coordinating Center, click HERE.

Please return to the Home page to apply for this funding opportunity.