Building trust in the heart of community

2017 Community Trustbuilding FellowshipThis unique program, offered in Richmond, VA, develops the capacity of community leaders to become authentic trustbuilders capable of overcoming divisions of race, culture, economics and politics. It seeks to build multisector networks of facilitators and change agents committed to healing historical wounds, creating new shared narratives and building healthy equitable communities.

What is the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship?
  • Twenty-five participants representing a wide diversity of age, background and experience from across the country
  • 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 26-28, 2018  Catalysts of change: becoming an authentic leader

  • February 23-25, 2018  Healing history: creating a new narrative for our communities

  • March 16-18, 2018  Dialogue delivery: practicing skills for honest conversation

  • April 27-29, 2018  Creating dialogues for change: addressing underlying causes of division

  • May 18-20, 2018  Strategies for engaging all sectors: building sustainable networks for healing and equity

(If there is need for a make-up module due to bad weather the dates will be June 22-24, 2018)

See learning objectives for each module

2017 Community Trustbuilding FellowshipWhat will you gain?
  • Practical tools that connect personal change with change in society
  • Understanding of the power of history and its legacy
  • Skills to facilitate difficult conversations on divisive community issues
  • Confidence to work creatively and colaboratively for reconciliation and equity

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

Community Trustbuilding Fellowship tuition, room and board:
$2700 - tuition, course materials and overnight accommodations
Scholarship help is available.
There is a $25 non-refundable application fee.
2018 CTF Application

Please complete the CTF Application before applying for scholarship help

2018 CTF Scholarship Application

Application Timeline

  • October 20, 2017 -Program and scholarship application deadline
  • November 8, 2017 - Notification of acceptance and scholarship offer
  • November 18, 2017 - Confirmation by participants and tuition deposit due
  • December 15, 2017 - Tuition balance due unless payment plan is agreed
  • December 19, 2017 - A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancelation after this date

Any inquiries about the program or application process please contact LaDora Carter at

Payment form

To make program tuition payments online use this payment form:



If you would like more information please email LaDora Carter, Operations Director at

Meet the class of 2017

Meet the class of 2016

Meet the class of 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