Opening the Doors of Government to Everyone


Graduated Seminar Alumni 


Grads from BIPOC communities


Of our alumni are women

Three times a year, the Seminar hosts an intensive training program in & around the MA State House that invites community leaders to learn to navigate the legislative and state budget process. 



Our unique training program lasts six weeks and participants spend one evening a week in interactive seminars with Administration officials, legislators, legislative aides, media personalities, and lobbyists.  The program is intended for leaders from under-serviced communities, New Americans & immigrants, communities of color, and others who directly worth with those communities. 


On a regular basis, the Seminar invites members of its leadership network to events designed to let them meet and know key policymakers in Massachusetts.  Past speakers include: Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Representative Russell Holmes, Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, General Manager for Television at GBH Liz Cheng, Boston Globe Columnist Shirley Leung, GBH and NPR Reporter Phillip Martin, Former Director of Boston’s Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement Alejandra St. Guillen, and Former Governor Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.


Access to decision-makers has rarely been more important than now.

More than ever, the Seminar needs your support to help us bring equity of access to our underserved communities.  

Become a part of the Commonwealth Seminar community with an alumni base of over 1,500!


Our Seminar Alumni are making positive changes in their communities around the world.

Check out some of their stories and accomplishments on "Our Students" page.

Want to be a part of the Seminar? Check back here on January 4th to apply for our Winter 2022 session, or get updates by signing up for our Newsletter!


Vanny Huot

"I feel duty-bound to fight for those (including myself) whose voices have been denied or undermined at decision-making levels. The Seminar challenges me to step out of my comfort zone and empowers me to take on or assert my leadership skills in spaces that are traditionally exclusive"

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Winston Pierre

"The Commonwealth Seminar provides an empowering learning experience that propels [one] to action. It inspires participants like me to know that they have a fair chance in politics"

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Christian Arthur

"The Seminar puts you in a room with some of the most intelligent, passionate, and socially active community members across the state, stimulating cross-dialogue. The Seminar is an incubator for emerging civic leaders and an incubator for the diverse future of Massachusetts"