Net Impact Racial Equity Fellowship

The Racial Equity Fellowship program is supported by Newman’s Own Foundation, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Symantec Foundation.

The Net Impact Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program where you can design and implement an action project on your campus about racial equity. Be part of an intimate cohort of like-minded peers from across the country who are passionate about challenging racial inequity and bias on their campuses and communities by educating, initiating difficult conversations, and inspiring change through a real-world action project.

Join a cohort of smart, passionate students from across the country who want to change the world! Applications are now closed.

Benefits of Participating

  • Receive free registration to the 2017 Net Impact Conference in Atlanta on Oct 26-28; network with inspiring changemakers, meet your cohort, and engage in Fellowship-specific trainings
  • Build your resume to stand out by leading a real-world impact project
  • Implement a meaningful project on your campus (Net Impact will support you with tools and a stipend)
  • Develop your leadership skills through implementing a real-world project on your campus
  • Learn from an awesome cohort of students from around the country
  • Share your changemaking story with the world

Timeline

  • September 25: Fellowship Application deadline is now closed
  • October 4: Selected Fellows announced
  • Oct 26-28: Fellows attend 2017 Net Impact Conference in Atlanta, GA
  • November-December: Fellows research and plan campus projects
  • Jan-May: Fellows implement and evaluate campus projects
  • Yearlong: Virtual cohort meetups, support from Net Impact Central, and access to experts

Eligibility

All US-based undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Fellows who are not part of a chapter will work towards starting one as part of the program.

Deadline to Apply - September 25 - Application has closed

Contact information to learn more - fellowship@netimpact.org

FAQ

  • As a Fellow, how will I interact with my Net Impact Chapter?
    • All Fellows will implement an action project on their campus related to the theme of their cohort - either food, climate change, tech for good, or racial equity. These projects will engage Net Impact chapter members to build awareness and/or create institutional change on campus.
  • Will I get paid to participate in this Fellowship Program?
    • You will receive free Net Impact Conference registration, a stipend to complete an action project on your campus, virtual leadership development training, and access to a cohort of like-minded peers. You will not receive compensation for participating in the Fellowship program.
  • What if I want to be a Fellow but I can't attend the Net Impact Conference?
    • It is important for all Fellows to attend the Net Impact Conference in Atlanta October 26-28th. The conference is an amazing opportunity to meet the other Fellows, develop your action projects, and get inspired by industry experts. If it is not possible for you to attend, exceptions may be made.
  • How much of a time commitment is it to be a Fellow?
    • The Fellowship runs from October 2017-May 2018. Fellows on average spend 2-5 hours per week working on their project but this varies greatly depending on the time of year and the scope of the project.
Supported by Symantec Foundation, the Net Impact Racial Equity Fellows continue to challenge racial inequity and bias on their campuses and in their communities by educating their peers, initiating difficult conversations, and inspiring change through their projects and personal interactions.

Meet Our Past Fellows

Rajan Agrawal

School

Boston University

Major

MBA in public and non-profit

Project

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing cause.


Cullin Brown

School

Elon University

Major

International Business

Project

I will be creating a survey to answer the question "Do students in the business school care to learn more about CSR and racial equity?" Then use the data collected and secondary research to create a report that conveys students' needs for conversations regarding diversity in the classroom.


Dorian Davis

School

Indiana University

Major

Public Affairs: Nonprofit Management & Social Entrepreneurship

Project

“We wanted to make people uncomfortable in order for them to understand the plight of these women.”

Dorian’s project was an educational event titled "The Personal is Political: Exploring the Relationships of Gender and Race on Political Action & Social Movements" Students and facilitators read, analyzed, and discussed the contributions that women of color have given to social movements across history.


Rajan Agrawal

School

University of California Berkeley

Major

Computer Science

Project

My project will be the Power of Perception Semesterly Conference, consisting of racial equity presentations and inspirational guest speakers in the morning followed by documentary viewing and open dialogues in the afternoon.


Cindia De La Torre

School

California State University East Bay

Major

MBA

Project

For my project, I plan to found the Lean In Circle on campus (Lean in Latinas CSUEB) and cater to Latina undergraduate and graduate students at CSUEB.


Paula Forero

School

Baruch College, City University of New York

Major

MBA

Project

I will host a discussion where DREAMers and other civic leaders talk about the importance of protecting the DACA executive action.


Ramya Gopal

School

Yale University, School of Management

Major

MBA

Project

For my project, I will develop a survey to measure the level of cultural inclusion at the Yale School of Management - and analyze the effectiveness of existing interventions developed to address the problem.


Catherine Hufnagel

School

American University

Major

Social Enterprise

Project

My project will be to incorporate culturally relevant pedagogical training into American University's school of education so that prospective teachers will be fully prepared to support the next generation of culturally competent citizens.


Charlie James

School

University of California Berkeley, Hass School of Business

Major

Business Administration

Project

The first part of my project is to interview the Haas professors teaching the core set of classes required for each Haas student to graduate on racial equity. Depending on how the interviews are received, I will determine the next steps of the project. Read more from Charlie.


Krystal Leaphart

School

Howard University

Major

Sociology

Project

I am doing a workshop on White supremacy and Intersectionality with Impact Hub and Howard University students. We will talk about the origins of intersectionality. We will also discuss examples and how we can all live the concepts of being there for black women, femmes and girls.


Faduma-Dhool Mohamed

School

Arizona State University

Major

Global Affairs and Management

Project

I plan to bring the diversity of Thunderbird School of Global Management to high school students through a series of talks.


Shaina Poulard

School

Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management

Major

Entrepreneurship/Leadership & Change Management with the Social, Environmental & Ethical Responsibility Business Certificate

Project

“My project equipped participants with tools on how to facilitate and raise awareness about inclusion to individuals that do not find it necessary or don't see a lack of inclusion as a problem.”

Shaina invited 20 prospective students to a special workshop that discussed how to effectively harness the power of inclusion. Each guest had the opportunity to network with current domestic students of diverse backgrounds, participate in a diversity activity, and hear from a diverse panel of current students.


Tiffani Patton

School

Presidio Graduate School

Major

Sustainable Management

Project

My project is three pronged: share knowledge, stir empathy, and facilitate dialogue.


Shashwati Prasad

School

Simon Business School

Major

Finance and Strategy

Project

TBD


Sudeep Sanan

School

University of Notre Dame

Major

Marketing

Project

TBD.


Fatima Saya

School

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Major

Joint MBA/ Master of Global Affairs Candidate

Project

TBD


Erin Spence

School

Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

Major

MBA

Project

I plan on doing a sympsium on whiteness - to look at how race is experienced by white people and how white supremacy is so ingrained in our culture.


Chelsea Stone

School

Presidio Graduate School

Major

MBA

Project

My project will be based on empowering communities of color to overcome barriers to entry in the new energy economy.


Yulkendy Valdez

School

Babson College

Major

Business Management

Project

I am planning a retreat style program for around 100 students, where we will explore identity, systemic racism and inclusive leadership.


Crystal Williams

School

Clark Atlanta University

Major

Psychology

Project

TBD