The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity aspire to build an enduring network of leaders dedicated to working across issues, approaches, and geographies to create the institutions, narratives, and policies that will advance racial equity and justice.

The program brings together accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds to incubate new strategies for addressing, dismantling, and transforming the power structures that subjugate black people.

Fellows explore the origins of structural racism and the mechanisms through which it operates; participate in collaborative vision and strategy-building for societal transformation; and engage with different perspectives and approaches for building a just and equitable world.

 

Program

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Up to 20 leaders from the U.S. and South Africa interested in deepening their knowledge, analysis, and skills within a cohort setting will participate in a 12-month program with weeklong sessions in New York City, Johannesburg, and other U.S. and South Africa locations.

In future years, up to 5 leaders interested in developing far-reaching projects to transform racial equity will be supported through sabbaticals and other means.

The fellowship offers opportunities for continued community, collaboration and access to resources to support Fellows and their work.

The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity program is based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Strategic resources to the 2018 program included the Center for Community Change, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California-Berkeley, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), South African Human Rights Commission, and the Public Affairs Research Institute.


I am moved by the ambitions of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity and the opportunities the program will create for dynamic thinking and action to address anti-Blackness and dismantle structural racism.
— OPAL TOMETI, CO-FOUNDER, BLACK LIVES MATTER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BLACK ALLIANCE FOR JUST IMMIGRATION

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