The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity seek to dismantle anti-Black racism in the United States and South Africa, two nations where the legacies of racial exclusion and discrimination still endure.

We envision an equitable, inclusive world in which all people are treated with dignity and compassion, and have opportunities to fully participate in society and achieve educational, social and economic success.

Fellows work together to build powerful movements that advance a just world where all belong.

 

Program

Fellows participate in a 12-month program, spending intensive time together as a group in learning tours in the U.S. and South Africa, immersive courses with senior leaders in the field, and sessions to explore solutions. They have access to mentors and coaches to advance their leadership, awareness and approaches to combating racism and white supremacy.

Christina Swarns, NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Director of Litigation, at the Supreme Court after presenting oral arguments in Buck v. Davis. Photo credit: Jarrett Hendrix

Christina Swarns, NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Director of Litigation, at the Supreme Court after presenting oral arguments in Buck v. Davis. Photo credit: Jarrett Hendrix

The program has 2 fellowship tracks per year:

TRACK 1: ADVANCED LEADERSHIP

  • Up to 25 leaders who are early- to mid-career and have made significant accomplishments through their activism.

  • Fellows attend 6 weeklong sessions during the year, including tours in the U.S. and South Africa.

TRACK 2: ReSIDENCY

  • Up to 10 seasoned leaders who are more advanced in their racial equity and social justice work and seek sabbatical time to develop ground-breaking solutions.
     
  • Fellows attend 3 week-long sessions in addition to developing projects with potential to influence the larger field of racial equity work.

Both tracks offer opportunities for continued community, collaboration and access to resources to support Fellows and their work.

Program staff based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.


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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