Building trust in the heart of community

TrustbuildingThis unique program increases the capacity of community leaders to overcome divisions of race, culture, economics and politics by creating a network of skilled facilitators, capable team builders and credible role models.

What is the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship?
  • Twenty-five participants representing a wide diversity of age, background and experience
  • Five residential weekend modules based on the methodology of Hope in the Cities
  • Experiential and innovative learning methods and case studies that demonstrate strategies for building trust
  • A world class faculty of trainers, scholars and practitioners
Dates & topics

Each weekend module starts on Friday at 5 pm and concludes on Sunday at 3 pm.

  • January 27-29, 2017 Catalysts of change: becoming an authentic leader

  • February 17-19, 2017 Healing history: creating a new narrative for communities

  • March 17-19, 2017 Dialogue delivery: practicing skills for honest conversation

  • April 28-30, 2017 Creating a dialogue for change: getting to the underlying issues

  • May 19-21, 2017 Strategies for engaging all sectors: building & sustaining teams

(If there is need for a make-up module due to bad weather the dates will be June 9-11, 2017)

See learning objectives for each module

What will you gain?

  • Tools to connect theory with practice, personal transformation with social change
  • Understanding of the power of history and its legacy
  • Skills to address critical issues of bias and inequity
  • Confidence to work creatively for reconciliation and justice

Richmond Hill, 2209 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Community Trustbuilding Fellowship Tuition, room and board:
$2500 - tuition, course materials and overnight accommodations
Scholarship help is available.

The application process for the 2017 class is now closed


Application Process Timeline 
October 21, 2016 - Program and scholarship application deadline extended 
November 1, 2016 - Notification of acceptance & scholarships 
November 18, 2016 - Confirmation of participation and the deposit is due 
Payment form

To make program tuition payments online use this payment form:



If you would like more information please email Elnora Allen, Program Manager

Meet the class of 2015-2016

Meet the class of 2014-2015

What the alumni say:

" This program has been transformative. The most valuable lesson is that change - personal, societal, global - is possible. Each of us, no matter what our background, skill set or talents can have a hand in it."  Jessie Buerlein, Washington, DC

"This approach demonstrates a model of true community reconciliation in an inclusive way, without sacrificing moral clarity" Hannibal Johnson, Tulsa, OK.

"This program called for introspection about the way I act and react when dealing with different perspectives, cultures and races. It established a safe environment for sharing diverse perspectives about 'sensitive' issues and learning on a deeper level." Tony Scott, Richmond, VA

"It provided me with enormous tools which can be used for self-improvement and reflection and tools that can be applied for building bridges and reconciling communities." Hadi Yazdanpanah, Richmond, VA

"One of the greatest challenges is building relationships with people who appear very different from oneself. I have begun to explore how one's identity is formed, protected and sometimes born anew." Don Cowles, Richmond, VA

"After taking part in the program, not being engaged to do something to help was not an option. I couldn't turn my back on knowledge I had gained and the awakening I had experienced. I now have experiences and faces to connect with those experiences. Real people. Real struggles. Right here in my community." Julie Marshall, Richmond, VA