Sankofa Institute 


We have opened the application process for Sankofa Institute

2022-23 Inaugural Cohort

WE KNOW that percentage of African American leaders in child welfare agencies is disproportionately lower than the percentage of African Americans in the general population, and the percentage of African American children and families in the system. 
WE KNOW that this dynamic of imbalanced leadership race/ethnicity impacts the drive to transform the system which is made up mostly of children of color.

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Be part of the Sankofa Institute Strategy – radically rethink how we relate to each other in our institutions from a lens of race equity, and how leadership needs to be based, first and foremost, on meeting the specific and unique needs of African American leaders.

The BACW has begun the application process for the 2022-23 Sankofa Institute, opening up an opportunity for African American child welfare leaders to be a part of a national strategy that is committed to transforming the child welfare system. 

The BACW has cultivated a reputation of innovation and dedication in the child welfare space and is excited to begin this work!

What is the Sankofa Institute?

  • The SI is an opportunity to incubate the experiences, knowledge, wisdom, and ideas required to build a system driven by race-equity.  This requires a deliberate investment in recruiting, developing, mentoring and sponsoring African American leaders.  

Why is the Sankofa Institute needed?

  • The current child welfare situation in the United States is not acceptable for children of color. We must ensure the Black experience becomes a part of the awareness, understanding and service delivery of child welfare agencies throughout the nation to better serve Black children and families in a manner that enriches their lives. 

How is the Sankofa Institute organized?

  • Group sessions, as well as dedicated mentoring with an established African- American leader, are designed to meet your specific needs, answer your specific questions, and heighten your specific leadership style. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. 

Who should attend the Sankofa Institute?

  • You are an African-American executive or innovative leader looking to build a system that rivals child welfare. The Sankofa Institute is designed to help you set and reach your goals in a space where you can feel safe in your authentic selves. 
  • African-American men and women with at least seven years of work experience in corporate, nonprofit, government or entrepreneurial sectors within our community are encouraged to apply. 

September 29-30

Session 9: Psychological Safety and Personal Wellness

Day 1: Psychological Safety: Understanding How to Create a Safe Working Environment for an African American
Leader for Your Own Emotional & Psychological Health; Feeling Safe in Your Authentic Self as a Leader

Day 2: Know Your Numbers: Understanding Self-Care Through Self-Directed, Anti-Stress Techniques

October 27-28

Session 10: The Leader in the Mirror

Day 1: The Unique Ethical Demands of Leadership and How Your Personal Story Provides the Connection

Day 2: Managing Conflicts: Using Your Style for Effective Communication and Conducting Critical Conversations

November 17-18

Session 11: Change Leadership and Your Next Steps

Day 1: Part A: Becoming the Change: Working from the Inside Out to Dismantle and Transform the System

Day 2: Part B

December 29-30

Session 12: Closing Session and Graduation

Day 1: Capstone Presentations

Day 2: New Day Dawning- Summing up the Experience and Closing Keynote

January 26-27

Session 1: The Role of African-American Leaders in Data and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Day 1: Understanding the Business of Child Welfare: Leaders Examining Child Welfare Data from a Racial Equity & Anti-Racism Lens; Groundwater Analysis

Day 2: Part B

Contact Us

Black Administrators in Child Welfare

7625 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814

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