Wow. Our NCDD team was blown away by the amazing response from the field to the announcement we recently made about the launch of our partnership with the McCourtney Institute for Democracy‘s new Nevins Democracy Leaders Program and the Confab Call we hosted on Wednesday to educate organizational leaders on how they can apply to host a Nevins Fellow. We had nearly 70 registrants for the call, including some of D&D’s leading organizations, and the excitement on the call for what this program can do for the field was palpable.
In case you didn’t hear about it, this week’s Confab Call featured a presentation from NCDD member John Gastil on the brand new Penn State program that will serve to place D&D-trained students into funded fellowship positions with organizations focused on D&D, transpartisan dialogue, and civic renewal. We had a lively conversation, and John shared tons of helpful info and background about this amazing opportunity to support our field while developing the next generation of its leaders.
If you couldn’t join us for the Confab Call conversation, we strongly encourage you to listen to the recording of the call to learn more about the program and how to apply.
After the call, NCDD Sustaining Member David Nevins – whose gift to the McCourtney Institute has endowed the program – shared some of his reflections on last summer’s pilot fellowships and his excitement about the full launch of the Nevins Democracy Leaders Program:
My vision of the program was very much based on the symbiotic relationship between the Fellow and the organizations that the Fellows engage with… The letters I received from [last summer’s first two Nevins Fellows] in which they said things like “this summer changed my life” or “thank you for allowing me the opportunity to gain real world experience in deliberative democracy and trans-partisan politics” shows that experiences were rewarding and perhaps even life changing for the interns.
Thus my goal of a relationship equally as valuable to all parties involved seems to have been achieved. I could not ask for more in these early stages of the program, and I am confident that with each additional experience the program will blossom beyond my initial expectations.
We at NCDD share David’s confidence for the future of this great effort and are proud to be part of this transformative work.
If you are in leadership with an organization that would benefit from working with a Nevins Fellow, we encourage you to submit an application today! Please note that for priority consideration in the next round of fellowship matches, you must apply before the end of the day on Monday, November 2nd. Applications received after Nov. 2nd will still be considered, but may be put on the wait list for the next round of fellowship matches. We’ve already received over 20 applications, and competition for fellowship placements is going to be stiff, so make sure to apply ASAP!
To learn more about NCDD Confab Calls and find recordings from past presentations, visit www.ncdd.org/events/confabs.