MALI Celebrates Over Ten Years of Impact



For more than a decade, the School’s Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) has offered a leadership development program for people of color deeply engaged in Silicon Valley’s arts, culture, and entertainment sectors. To commemorate over a decade of local impact, the School commissioned acclaimed folklife scholar, Dr. Maribel Alvarez, to write an academic brown paper to explore the influence of MALI on the arts and cultural sector in Silicon Valley, and speculate on the future of the program.

Our brown paper -- We Are Enough: Equity, Inclusion, and Emergent Leadership in Silicon Valley’s Multicultural Arts Community --  puts MALI into perspective, and discusses the collective power of developing over 100 leaders of color in the last decade.

Demone Carter, MALI alum and Program Manager, had this to say:

“While the arts sector is still wrestling with how to authentically speak to tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the MALI program has been engaged in a decade-long experiment in hyper-local leadership disruption.”