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Intensives – INTERCULTURAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

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ILI Mississippi

With ILI Year 5 Fellows Lehuanani Ah Nee, James Pakootas, Nada Odeh, and Tonya Williams
ILI Year 5 Fellow DeMarcus Akeem Suggs shares his own experience modeling arts & culture ecosystems, his visionary leadership in Black arts, and how interculturality is one key for the culture sector.
ILI Year 5 Fellows and other FamILI at Smith Robertson Museum + Cultural Center, Jackson MS
For the first in-person ILI intensive of ILI Year 5, the Fellows, ILI Partners and team gathered in Jackson, MS. Hosted by ILI Partner the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, the 4+ day intensive started in Jackson, traveled to the Mississippi Delta, and culminated in Utica, MS - Sipp Culture’s hometown. From museums, to panel discussions, to B.B. King’s hometown with a Blues juke joint, to the future site of Utica’s Main Street Cultural Center, the gathering brought the Fellows and attending ILI community together for arts & cultural learning, deep discussion, and understanding through hands-on experience and direct storytelling. #THISisWhatLeadershipLooksLike!
ILI Year 5 Fellow Joeseph Arnoux at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, MS
ILI Year 5 Fellow Joeseph Arnoux created a video story of his reflections on being in the Intercultural Leadership Institute year-long program.
ILI Year 5 Fellow Lehuanani Ah Nee begins her self-debriefing process while traveling home to Hawai'i from the Sipp Culture ILI Cultural Intensive in Jackson, MS
ILI Year 5 Fellow Lehuanani Ah Nee created a series of videos reflections after returning home to Keaukaha Hawaiʻi from the Sipp Culture ILI Cultural intensive in Jackson, Mississippi in October, 2023.
To change the nation, you must first change the South. To change the South, you must first change Mississippi. Welcome to Mississippi. The name Mississippi…
Colorful Banner
Hosted by Alternate ROOTS The 2017-18 ILI fellows’ first intensive was held March 23-28, 2017 in Jackson, Mississippi, hosted by Carlton Turner, his family and…

ILI in the South/ROOTS

Monna Morton Hilo beach photo by Ennis Carter
ILI Year 4 Fellow Monna Morton reflects on her ILI Journey. I have been trying to find the time to gather my thoughts, feelings, and emotions to write about my fellowship opportunity. The journey began in the spring of 2022 and lasted through January 2023. It has been one I'll never forget.
ILI Year 4 Fellows attend in-person ILI ROOTS intensive in North Carolina
After nearly 6 months of virtual intercultural exploration, the ILI Year 4 Fellows and FamILI finally got to come together for the first of two in-person weekend intensives. Hosted by ILI partner Alternate ROOTS, this in-person learning and community experience was held at Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina (Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, and Saponi Territories).
ILI ROOTS Intensive Remote Experience Box
Alternate ROOTS served us the last workshop. I have endless gratitude for all the learning we had passed to us as members of the Year…

ILI Hawai'i/PA'I

A supply & donation drive has been organized by ILI alumni to support families on Maui & Hawai'i islands. Please help.
ILI Year 4 Fellows at ILI Hawai'i intensive with hand printed bags using traditional techniques
For the second in-person ILI intensive, the ILI Year 4 Fellows, ILI Partners and team gathered on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Hosted by ILI Partner PA’I Foundation, the 4-day intensive started on the west coast area of Kona and wrapped up in the east coast town of Hilo. From beaches, to forests to sacred volcanic mountain sites, the gathering brought the Fellows and attending ILI community together for arts & cultural learning, deep discussion, and understanding through hands-on experience and direct storytelling.
ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay Date: January 27, 2023 ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay is located on the Hawaiʻi Island’s west shore near the Waikōloa Beach Marriott Resort Resort. It features…
Monna Morton Hilo beach photo by Ennis Carter
ILI Year 4 Fellow Monna Morton reflects on her ILI Journey. I have been trying to find the time to gather my thoughts, feelings, and emotions to write about my fellowship opportunity. The journey began in the spring of 2022 and lasted through January 2023. It has been one I'll never forget.
ILI Pa'i Foundation Care Package
Loving the @weareili fellowship trainings! Excellent and vulnerable presentations from @paifoundation regarding what being Hawaiian means after all the settlers and various waves of migration, love for community,…
ILI Zine Covers
Suzy González and César Ramos – ILI Fellows from Year 2 – teamed up to lead the creation of zines from each of the three…
People on a Paddle Boat in Hawai'i
ILI Fellows, including Carol Zou (left) and Edyka Chilomé (right) during ILI Intensive #2 in Hawai’i. Photo: Melisa Cardona 2018 was the year I lovingly…
ILI Hawai'i Group Photo
  In January 2019, ILI Partner PAʻI Foundation hosted the second of three place-based intensives for ILI Fellows in Hawaiʻi. The five-day leadership immersion brought…
Mehanaokala Hind at ILI Hawai'i
Mehanaokala Hind is the ILI Host Facilitator for Hawaiʻi, the location for the second of three place-based intensives for the ILI Fellows. She shared her…
Hibiscus Flower
ILI Fellow muthi reed shares their thoughts and photos from ILI Hawaiʻi. Aloha. Mahalo. ‘Āina. Hawai’i. Land of sacred relationships thank you for welcoming us home…

ILI Lakota

ILI Zine Covers
Suzy González and César Ramos – ILI Fellows from Year 2 – teamed up to lead the creation of zines from each of the three…
Theo Wilson & ILI Fellow Alum Lauren Fitzgerald
by ILI Fellow Alum Theo E.J. WilsonGet a first-hand perspective on the ILI experience from this Year 2 ILI Fellow alum. “Adventure often announces itself…
People on a Paddle Boat in Hawai'i
ILI Fellows, including Carol Zou (left) and Edyka Chilomé (right) during ILI Intensive #2 in Hawai’i. Photo: Melisa Cardona 2018 was the year I lovingly…
ILI Lakota Group Photo by Melisa Cardona
2018/19 ILI Fellows Cohort at Red Shirt Overlook in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Photo by Melisa Cardona In September 2018, ILI Partner hosted the first of…
Lori Pourier
By Lori Lea Pourier, Maka Citomi Omani Win | Woman Who Walks the Earth.Oglala Lakota, President, First Peoples Fund  ​   My Lakota name was…
Lynette Two Bulls
Lynette Two Bulls is the ILI Host Facilitator for the Lakota Territory, the location for the first of three place-based intensives for the ILI Fellows.…
ILI Lakota
ILI Facilitator Nijeul X. Porter (l) and ILI Fellow Joe Tolbert (r) at Pe Sla (Black Hills). Photo by Melisa Cardona Get a glimpse into…
Christopher D. Sims & Robert Martinez
ILI Fellows Robert Martinez (l) and Christopher D. Sims (r) ILI Fellow Christopher Sims shares his thoughts and experiences from Lakota Territory “This is professional…
KEVN News Coverage ILI Lakota 2017
  KEVN Black Hills FOX News Coverage of Sept 2017 Gathering in Lakota Territory in South Dakota hosted by First Peoples Fund.

ILI San Antonio

ILI NALAC Intensive Care Package
Still reeling from the @weareili fellowship training from @nalac_arts . Been reviewing my notes from Dr. Ybarra-Fausto and as cultural workers and artists I keep coming back to the…
ILI Zine Covers
Suzy González and César Ramos – ILI Fellows from Year 2 – teamed up to lead the creation of zines from each of the three…
Theo Wilson & ILI Fellow Alum Lauren Fitzgerald
by ILI Fellow Alum Theo E.J. WilsonGet a first-hand perspective on the ILI experience from this Year 2 ILI Fellow alum. “Adventure often announces itself…
ILI San Antonio
2018/19 ILI Fellows Cohort, Partners and Facilitators at ILI San Antonio intensive. Photo: Melisa Cardona In May 2019, ILI Partner the National Association of Latino…
María De Leon welcomes ILI Year 2 to San Antonio
Welcome Message at ILI San Antonio by María López De León, President and CEO, NALAC On behalf of the National Association of Latino Arts and…
Evonne Gallardo far left
Evonne Gallardo is the ILI Host Facilitator for San Antonio, the location for the third and final of three place-based intensives for the ILI Fellows.…
ILI San Antonio Opening
ILI Fellows in group exercise on opening day of ILI Intensive #3 in San Antonio, TX. All Photos: Melisa Cardona Get a glimpse into the…

The ILI Pilot

Photo from the ILI Pilot
Hosted by NALAC The pilot of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) was convened in the fall of 2015 at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio,…