Developing Social Sector Leaders of Color


Applications for the current cohort are now closed. Applications for the next cohort will go live in Fall 2021.

The NYU Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellowship (SSLD) is an 18-month leadership development program that equips graduate students of color with the skills, knowledge, and networks needed to take up leadership roles in organizations across the social sector.

Current SSLD fellows represent various NYU graduate programs, including the School of Global Public Health, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Wagner School of Public Service, Stern School of Business, Silver School of Social Work, and the NYU School of Law. Their interests range from founding social ventures to running governmental agencies. We believe the racial, ethnic, and intellectual diversity of our fellows enhances the cohort experience and helps form enduring support networks that they can rely upon over their professional careers.

Fellows will:

  • Learn leadership development theories and explore challenges facing the social sector;
  • Develop cross-sector leadership skills;
  • Build a strong community with peers from across the University;
  • Enhance their professional networks;
  • Receive personalized career support and coaching;
  • Gain special access to Leadership Initiative events and speakers.

View eligibility criteria and access the application.