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Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color

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​​​ The demographics in New Hampshire are changing rapidly. Not only are we aging, but also our population continues to diversify. The 2000 census data indicated that we are one of the most rapidly diversifying states in the nation. At the same time, a number of civic leaders in the state have recognized that there is a gap in minority leadership.

 Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color was created to fill that gap.

Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color (ELCC) is a 501c3, nine-month leadership program that was created in 2003 in response to a growing need for additional leaders who could engage with and advocate on behalf of New Hampshire's diverse communities. Its mission is to aid, support and empower our emerging minority leaders by increasing their skills, resources, and opportunities, and to engage community leaders in the process of cultivating future leaders. Monthly one-day sessions are held throughout the state of New Hampshire, and are hosted by community partners.


Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color (ELCC) is now accepting nominations for their Class of 2017!

Nominations of others, as well as self-nominations, are accepted. People from all racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this free program. To apply please submit the application, nomination form and Employer Support Form to Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color, P.O. Box 614, Manchester, NH 03105 or via email at The application deadline is September 1, 2016.

Nashua Goes M.A.D

Multicultural Awareness Day

June 4, 2016


Greeley Park - 100 Concord Street, Nashua, NH 03064



You are invited to join the ELCC Class of 2016 for a community event they are planning as their class project!


Nashua Goes M.A.D.! Join us at the upcoming Multicultural Awareness Day on Saturday, June 10, 2016. It will be held at Greeley Park (100 Concord Street, Nashua, NH 03064) from 10am – 1pm. There will be food, cultural activities and entertainment.


M.A.D. is being created to educate members of the Nashua community on the diversity within their city and to help foster an environment of appreciation and inclusion. This initiative is being coordinated by Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color Class of 2016 in conjunction with the Adult Learning Center AND Summer Fun Committee.


Community organizations and individuals who want to showcase their culture are invited to host a table. There is no cost to do so. If you would like to register for a table visit


If you are interested in helping with the event or would like more information please contact Turcina McNeilly at (937) 219-1583 or email



Opening Retreat

Class of 2016


Welcome to ELCC:

Sarah Georges

Thierry Lakutu

Sugeily Marin

Turcina McNeilly

Xiomara Miranda

Rosemary Muchuma

Alim Yai 


Marketing video created by the Class of 2013




“Serving our organization as it's president has provided many opportunities for me to speak in front of groups, to facilitate meetings, to mediate conflict, and to network throughout our community.”​​​​​​​​​​​
Perry Spearman, Class of 2006
“Through this program, I learned to be assertive & recognized that my voice mattered.  ...Networking, public speaking and meeting facilitation skills just to say a few."
Karen Emis-Williams, Class of 2007
“By taking all of the tools I learned from this organization, I am able to be an advocate for the disadvantaged and undervalued people in communities of color."
Rhonda Kuchinski, Class of 2009
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