The inaugural Roddenberry Fellowship is a call to action. It’s a vision for the US, and in an era of conflict, it’s a way forward.
We are looking for 20 activists, leaders, advocates, and changemakers whose work has the greatest potential to protect the most vulnerable and make the US a more equitable and inclusive place to live.
Become one of 20 Fellows who will be selected for 2018 to receive a $50,000 grant to help support a project or initiative in one of four areas:
Though decades of progress in civil rights has led to important gains, we still have a long way to go. Our public schools, criminal justice system, places of work, political structures, and financial infrastructure are still prone to racial and ethnic discrimination. Voter suppression, systemic poverty, incarceration, inadequate schools, and unemployment all disproportionately afflict African-American and Latino communities. Prospective fellows will work on a variety of issues to defend civil rights secured by law, including but not limited to criminal and economic justice and inequality in education.
Climate change and
Climate change and
The steps the US has taken to mitigate human impact on natural resources and to account for climate change in national and security policies are under threat, and attempts are being made to discredit the scientific consensus on climate change. Prospective fellows will be working on raising awareness, educating, and developing strategies that lead to increased sustainability and environmental resilience, including but not limited to conservation, clean energy adoption, pollution reduction, green business models, and natural resource rights.
Exploitation and discrimination, long detentions, the separation of families, and human trafficking are the outcomes of a broken immigration system that must be remedied. We need to secure the rights of newcomers to the US so that they have full opportunities to integrate into our communities and lead prosperous and productive lives. Prospective fellows will be working to champion the rights of immigrants and refugees to increase their odds of success, including but not limited to fighting for state and federal accountability to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees secured by law, as well as ensuring equitable access to education, healthcare, housing, and other basic services.
A disparity in income, political representation, and corporate leadership are only a few reasons the US ranks 28th out of 145 countries in an annual world ranking of equality for women. Bias, discrimination, and institutional barriers affect women and the LGBTQIA community at all levels of society regardless of city or state. Six in 10 LGBTQ students report feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. Prospective fellows will be working to defend the rights of women and LGBTQIA individuals secured by law, including but not limited to protection against medical abuses; discrimination in health, jobs and housing; domestic violence; and denial of family rights.
Applications are due August 22, 2017.
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