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Government Department Student Diversity Fellowships

Interested in collaborating with Government faculty to address systemic racism and structural inequality in the Government Department? Consider applying to become a Government Department Diversity Fellow. Beginning in 2020, the Diversity Fellows program was established first and foremost to respond to our Black students’ calls to address systemic racism and structural inequality in the United States and around the world, and the Department’s and College’s role in perpetuating these systems of oppression. The Diversity Fellows help to develop action points and benchmarks for fostering change consistent with the mission of the Government Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan and a more general commitment to being agents for equity. The agenda includes (1) addressing the nature, functioning, and extent of white supremacy, misogyny, anti-LGBTQ aggression, xenophobia, and other forms of structural oppression; (2) devising means of redress; and (3) improving relations and fostering understanding and trust among Government faculty, students, and staff.

Diversity Fellows should be prepared to make a full-year commitment that includes regular meetings, collaboration with faculty, development of events, actions, and benchmarks. This is a significant time commitment, so please assess whether you can devote your time and energy to this important endeavor before applying.

We ask that you provide a list of Government classes you have completed or are currently enrolled in, a 300–500 word essay describing why you are interested in serving as a Diversity Fellow, and provide a copy of your resume. You do not need to be a Government major to be considered.

Application starts online, and questions can be addressed to Professor McKinney.

Deadline: September 17, 2021 11:59 pm