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Class of 2020 Program


The 2020–2022 Class of William C. Friday Fellows will use stories and objects to question, examine, and transform the places we inherit and inhabit in the world. Words and things alike will become pathways for question-framing, relationship-building, and world-shifting.

Engaging the stories they inherit and love to tell, sharing objects that bring worlds to life, and moving through places across the state, the 2020–2022 Class of Friday Fellows will draw on their innate gifts and capabilities to become more human(e) leaders. The combination of stories, objects, and places—disappeared and remembered, experienced and forgotten, beloved and haunted—will also invite Fellows to consider the power dynamics and systems that govern lives, communities, and worlds.

Working with storytellers, artists, musicians, and makers with deep connections to places and communities across the state, the 2020–2022 Class of Friday Fellows will take up their own histories and birthright inheritances as they engage one another. Brave words and sacred objects will help Fellows imagine and embrace new pathways to build and sustain relationships across lines of difference.

To grow leadership capacities, Fellows will practice being present to one another, holding space for deep learning and collective transformation. Together, Fellows will: 

Tell and hear stories.
Remember, make, and share things.
Journey alone and in community.

Meredith Doster (Friday Fellowship Class 2017–2019) is collaborating with a team of faculty, facilitators, and mentors who will join the 2020–2022 class on its journey. Meredith and faculty collaborators will use this space to share additional details about the program and experience.  


Seminar weekends balance engagement between Fellows with opportunity for reflection and pause. Taking full advantage of both time and place, fellowship weekends invite Fellows to think deeply about how and where they invest resources and spend energy.

Each fellowship weekend will include a combination of practices, dialogues, and teachings. Based loosely on monastic schedules that call people to themselves, to place, and to wonder throughout the day, seminar weekends will use time intentionally to transport Fellows to places and postures that invite transformation.

Seminar I: October 1–4, 2020
Wildacres Retreat
1565 Wild Acres Rd.
Little Switzerland, NC 28749

Seminar II: March 11–14, 2021
Camp Rockfish
226 Camp Rockfish Rd.
Parkton, NC 28371

Seminar III: July 22–25, 2021
Trinity Center
618 Salter Path Rd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

Seminar IV: October 21–24, 2021
Location TBD

Seminar V: January 27–31, 2022
Eastern 4-H Center
100 N. Clover Way
Columbia, NC 27925

Seminar VI: May 19–22, 2022
Location TBD

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.