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LEAD Program

Leadership Engagement and Advocacy Development

Empowering people of color with disabilities and their parents through training and engagement opportunities.

The LEAD program provides communities of color with increased access to disability education and resources to account for the significance of institutionalized oppression and white supremacy on their outcomes.

LEAD Program

Leadership Engagement and Advocacy Development

Empowering people of color with disabilities and their parents through training and engagement opportunities.

The LEAD program provides communities of color with increased access to disability education and resources to account for the significance of institutionalized oppression and white supremacy on their outcomes.

Strategic Priorities

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Building Efficacy and Capacity

Build the efficacy and capacity of MDRC to be a leader in the development and implementation of work to dismantle institutionalized white supremacy and cultivate a culture of equitable transformation for the sector.

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Cultivate and Strengthen

Cultivate and strengthen individuals, through relationship-based activity and topic-based workshops, to serve as advocates for themselves and others.

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Enhance Visibility

Enhance the visibility of people of color in disability rhetoric, training, and storytelling.

Strategic Priorities

Purple circle with a white outline image of 3 open palm hands

Building Efficacy
and Capacity

Build the efficacy and capacity of MDRC to be a leader in the development and implementation of work to dismantle institutionalized white supremacy and cultivate a culture of equitable transformation for the sector.

silhouette of seed sprouting from soil with a human silhouette at the top of the stem

Cultivate and Strengthen

Cultivate and strengthen individuals, through relationship-based activity and topic-based workshops, to serve as advocates for themselves and others.

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Enhance
Visibility

Enhance the visibility of people of color in disability rhetoric, training, and storytelling.

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Learn more about conversations at the intersection
of disability by checking out our video library.

Disability Identity

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Visit Our Video Library

Learn more about conversations at the intersection of disability by checking out our video library.

LEAD Program Staff

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Ajaunè Thomas

LEAD Youth Initiatives Coordinator

Breannah Alexander Oppenhuizen

Director of LEAD Programs

Hala Alazzawi

LEAD Gender & Religion Initiatives Coordinator
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Omer Niazi

Immigration & Refugee Programming Lead
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Reyna Garcia

LEAD Latinx Initiatives Coordinator
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Tameka Citchen-Spruce

LEAD Black Initiatives Coordinator
A woman with brown skin and long dark brown braids positioned with her hands crossed and smiling while standing in front of a brick wall. She is wearing black glasses and a black long sleeve blouse.

Ajaunè Thomas

LEAD Youth Initiatives Coordinator

Breannah Alexander Oppenhuizen

Director of LEAD Programs

Hala Alazzawi

LEAD Gender & Religion Initiatives Coordinator
A person with tan skin, short black hair, and a black beard. They are wearing a gray suit jacket with a white and light blue collared button up shirt and a black tie. A brick wall is behind them.

Omer Niazi

Immigration & Refugee Programming Lead

Our Funding

LEAD was established by funding from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council. LEAD work is currently funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council and the Centers for Disease Control in partnership with Community Catalyst.

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Network for Good.

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to choose how and when you donate.