North Dakota. South Dakota. 23 Native Nations

Change Network


Creating change, together.

Across the region, people have thoughtful ideas about making their communities and organizations more inclusive and equitable. Change Network connects individuals who want to make a difference and prepares them to become strong leaders who will see that change through.

Change Network is a year-long program that will help you build the skills and networks you need to make the places you live and work more inclusive. Learning is accomplished through a combination of online courses, exchange activities, and two in-person convenings. You will also have access to tailored advising from industry experts and a small grant to support a project and embed your learning on realizing your goals. Through this challenging and supportive environment, you will build your self-awareness, leadership skills and abilities to implement systems change.



The Change Network program runs for a year and consists of two learning cycles. Each cycle begins with a three-day in-person convening. Each convening brings content experts and leading faculty from U.S. universities.


Between convenings you will have monthly remote meetings, online exchange activities, and project design coaching with designated confidants.


  • April 1 – May 31, 2018: Applications accepted
  • August, 2018: Change Network Cohort Announced
  • September 20 - 23, 2018: First in-person convening
  • October 2018 – May 2019: Remote monthly intersession meetings and online exchange activities
  • June 2019: Second in-person convening
  • July 2019 – September 2019: Change Network grant check-in and next steps.


Project Grants

Participants in the Change Network will have the opportunity to apply for a small grant, up to $5,000, to assist a project which impacts the individual's organization in positive and significant ways. Learn more about the grant process.

Program Cost

The program is free to participants. All expenses, including meals, private hotel room and program materials, are completely underwritten. Mileage driven to and from the mandatory in-person convenings will be reimbursed. If needed, participants must have approval of their workplace to take paid time off to participate in-person convenings and occasional daytime phone calls. If participant needs additional support for accessibility or transportation, options may be available.


Who Should Join the Change Network

Change Network participants see opportunities for their organizations and communities to become more diverse and inclusive. They are hungry to learn new skills, discuss ideas, and receive guidance to help them make that change and become strong leaders.


If you see opportunities to make equitable change in your North Dakota, South Dakota, or Native Nation community, this program is for you.


As part of the application, you will name at least one Champion, an individual from your network who can help influence and implement the planned change. This can be a board member, supervisor, elder, or an expert from the organization or a partner organization. The Champion is not expected to attend in-person meetings, but will be asked to join in occasional calls with you and your assigned program facilitator.


Our Partnership

Our diverse team of leaders hail from Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Virginia. Our approach gives the cohort cross-sector insights, expertise and resources. We seek to infuse our cohort with empathy, understanding, and tools to create lasting and meaningful change within your organizations and ecosystems.

Join a Friendly and Caring Network

“I can feel my soul shifting and becoming stronger. I am comfortable being uncomfortable. I am confident in who I am and how I represent myself. I am confident in being unapologetically myself... in a much deeper and more authentic way than I was in the past.”

Pam Karpenko, Mainstream Boutique, Minot, ND


“I feel more confident approaching difficult conversations in general and feel a sense of duty when it comes to asking questions when someone makes comments that might make others feels excluded.”

Traci Smith, Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office, Sioux Falls, SD


The Network's Impact

Change Network alumni have used the knowledge and leadership skills they've gained in the program to effect powerful change in their organizations and communities. Take a look at some of the incredible projects they're working on.