Robert B. Sturm Mountain States Leadership Fellows Program

  • October 15, 2020



The Program, affiliated with ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) and supported locally by the generosity of philanthropist Robert B. Sturm, exposes Sturm Fellows to educational programming about the substantive issues of ADL’s agenda and gives them the opportunity to become ADL leaders in the community. The Program, which will begin in late January, exposes Sturm Fellows to educational programming about the substantive issues of ADL’s agenda and gives them the opportunity to become ADL leaders in the community. A highlight of the nine-month program is attendance at ADL’s National Leadership Conference, which will take place virtually. Potential Sturm Fellows are asked to submit a formal application due December 15, 2020. Through this competitive application process, ADL recruits and invests in a diverse group of young people who are committed to civil rights, religious freedom and anti-bias education.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations organizations.  ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals, and protects civil rights for all.  ADL’s Robert B. Sturm Mountain States Leadership Fellows Program was created to involve people, ages approximately 25-45, who are committed to ADL’s mission “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”

Note: Though ADL accepts nominations from community members for potential Sturm Fellows, applicants need not be formally nominated to apply.

If accepted to the program, Sturm Fellows will be required to sign an Acknowledgment of Expectations, reflecting their commitment to attending:

  • Virtual 2-hour orientation in late January 
  • Virtual Monthly meetings highlighting an ADL issue and/or program area. Sturm Fellows are advised of all meeting dates if accepted into the program and are expected to miss no more than two meetings. Missing more than two meetings may impact a participant’s eligibility to attend the National Leadership Summit. 
  • 1 virtual social event with ADL leadership  
  • The National Leadership Summit, day-long virtual event will take place in Summer 2021. 

Topics covered in classes will include ADL’s work with: 

  • ADL 101/Antisemitism (Orientation)  
  • Civil Rights & Advocacy 
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Education 
  • Cyber Hate & Abuse 
  • International Affairs 
  • Extremism  
  • Leadership/Philanthropy  

Sturm Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in/attend: 

  • All ADL Board of Directors meetings 
  • ADL Regional Events (event dates TBD) 

All Sturm Fellows are required to participate in ADL’s annual campaign by making a minimum contribution of $250 per participant.  

Please contact or 303-830-7177 for more information. 

Applications are due December 15 for the 2021 program. To apply, click here!  

Is there a young professional in your community that you would like to nominate as a potential Sturm Fellow? If so, click here!

Tentative Sturm Fellows Class Schedule, 2021* 

All classes will be held virtually (until further notice) and on a monthly schedule, starting at 5:30 pm.  

Participants should plan for each class to be at least 1 hour and 45 minutes.  

Sunday, January 24, 2021 – Orientation 

Getting to know each other, ADL 101, Antisemitism (how did it start? How did we get here?) 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Civil Rights & Advocacy 

Securing Justice and Fair Treatment for All  

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – Law Enforcement 

Training and Partnering with Law Enforcement Professionals  

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Education  Anti-Bias Education in Schools with No Place for Hate  

May 2021: 

  • Sunday, May 2, 2021, National Leadership Summit 
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (Social Event with ADL Leadership)  

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – Cyber Hate & Abuse

Fighting Hate Online

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – International Affairs 

Understanding ADL’s Work in Israel  

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – Extremism 

Monitoring and Investigating Hate in All Spaces  

September 2021 – Graduation! (TBD) 

Leadership in Philanthropy—What Will Your Legacy Be? 


*Dates are subject to change


Please contact or 303-830-7177 for more information.