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Research Center for Leadership in Action Accepting Applications for New York City Social Justice Fellowship

The Research Center for Leadership in Action (www.nyu.edu/wagner/leadership) at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University has announced its newest program, the New York City Social Justice Fellowship. The fellowship originates from the NYC Community Fellows Program that was founded by the Open Society Institute (www.soros.org) in 1998. At the end of last year, OSI chose RCLA to carry on the legacy of this program. In the tradition of the original OSI program, the New York City Social Justice Fellowship will continue supporting innovative public interest projects that address critical issues such as immigrants’ rights, environmental justice, health, the arts, workers’ rights, civic participation, education, and equitable economic development. The program provides support to social change agents who are passionate, insightful, and resourceful about making concrete improvements in
disadvantaged and marginalized communities, with an emphasis on addressing
structural barriers and enhancing social equity. The fellowship also seeks to encourage public and community service careers; expand the number of role models available to youth in inner-city neighborhoods; promote initiatives and entrepreneurship that empower communities; address not only direct needs but systemic barriers and policies in need of change; and create vehicles for fellows to effectively document, reflect, and share their learning. The program provides each fellow with a stipend in the amount of $42,500 over fifteen months and project support in the amount of $2,000, as well as contributions toward health insurance and tuition reimbursement up to $13,000. Each fellow participates in a personal and professional development plan, attends technical assistance workshops, receives support from RCLA staff and its network of faculty and citywide partners, and participates in a growing network of program alumni. The fellowship program seeks applicants from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of life who wish to employ their skills in creating innovative public interest projects aimed at transforming and empowering communities. The program takes a special interest in supporting people from disadvantaged communities and communities of color. Guidelines and applications for the 2006-07 fellowship class are available at the RCLA Web site. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2006.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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