Join other ONE WAKE leaders and learn how to make change in your community


What does it mean for you to be a leader? IAF UNIVERSITY is a way for you to act on your values with allies from ONE Wake’s 43 member institutions across Wake County. It is a three month commitment of 2 hours a month that includes training and doing.

At the monthly trainings there will be concrete next steps to build people power and to take action (virtually) with others-- on existing ONE Wake issue campaigns. All this will prepare us collectively for larger-scale work to effect change within multiple towns and cities across the county during the upcoming fall municipal elections.


  • Be a part of a cohort of 200+ leaders from ONE Wake member institutions;

  • Attend three 90 minute training sessions between March and May to prepare you for specific action: one session a month (there will be two dates/times each month to choose from);

  • Spend at least one hour a month acting locally on what you are learning;

  • Join and/or sign up others to attend the ONE Wake Annual Meeting in June that will launch our relational voter turnout campaign in preparation for the fall municipal elections.


  • How to move beyond protest and petitions to organize people to bring about long-term systemic change;
  • How to implement the nuts and bolts of organizing: relational meetings, power analysis, how to build a core team in your institution, how to run a research action, and how to get the reactions you want in meetings with elected leaders;
  • How to take what you are hearing in the community and flex your organizing muscle to create change locally;


Session 1: Power and Relational Meetings
Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, OR Monday, March 22, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Homework from Session 1
REQUIRED: Read Power Analysis Handout. How does power operate within your institution? Please take notes on your reflection and bring to the next session.
OPTIONAL: Listen to this podcast for an extended discussion of how we understand power.  

Session 2: Core Teams and Power Analysis
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, OR Monday, April 12, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, OR Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Homework from Session 2
REQUIRED: Read Core Team Handout. Continue to develop your power analysis of your institution. 
OPTIONAL:  Listen to this podcast for an extended discussion of why institutions are vital for democracy.

Session 3: Relational Voter Turnout and GOTV
Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, OR Tuesday, May 25, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Homework from Session 3
REQUIRED: Review Relational Meeting Handout and slides from Session 3. Work with your team to organize a relational meeting with every leader on your power analysis.
OPTIONAL: Listen to this podcast for an extended discussion on relational meetings.