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Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship


Application Deadline:
Monday, March 9th, 2020, 11:59pm.

Program Details:

The University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts (UM-LSA), with support from the Engelhardt Family Fund and the Mellon Foundation, invites applications from students who have worked or are currently working with a local organization dedicated to social justice (broadly defined). This year the ESJF will support up to 10 undergraduate students from UM-LSA and Henry Ford College who propose mutually beneficial projects with a local partner organization.

The fellowship is comprised of:

  1. A paid internship based on a well-developed work plan
  2. Professional development and cohort networking
  3. Weekly seminars centered on reflection and skill-building

The fellowship experience is an 8-week, paid internship that will take place from MondayMay 11 to Monday, June 29.  Engelhardt Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000. Applicants in need of additional financial assistance are encouraged to apply for the LSA Internship Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 to LSA students with demonstrated financial need. Applications for the LSA Internship open at the beginning Winter semester, close in the Spring semester and are considered on a semi-rolling basis.

Eligible Students Must:

  • Be an enrolled undergraduate in good academic standing in a degree program in either Henry Ford College or UM-LSA 
  • Co-create a project with a community organization within southeast Michigan that focuses on social justice, broadly defined.
  • Have an existing connection to that partnering community organization.
  • Be available for the full duration of the Fellowship (May 11 to June 29) and able to participate in weekly trainings at the U-M Ann Arbor and/or HFC campus (workshops will be held in both locations with transportation opportunities made available as needed).

View the Call for Proposals Here

Featured 2019 Engelhardt Social Justice Fellows:

Carrie Welch

Carrie Welch is serving at ABC Youth in Flint, MI, a program that focuses on ages 7-17 to gain experience in skilled trades, character building, and job readiness. A recent resident of Flint, Carrie's family was directly impacted by the recent water crisis and the challenges of living in a destabilized neighborhood. Her life experiences and years of volunteer work are what drive her to be an active voice for neighborhood families affected by crime, blight, and the failing education system. She is a mom of ten children and pursuing an associate degree in General Studies with a focus in Lactation to help moms and babies. 

David Torrejon

David Torrejon is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is currently working on his degree in economics through the College of LSA.  After undergrad, he intends on continuing his education through a doctorate program in the field of economics. David is pursuing his passions in public policy and economics through student-led organizations; such as Education Law and Policy Society, Gerald Ford Global Fordies and Michigan Economics Society.

Through the Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship, David partnered with Food Gatherers, a local organization in Ann Arbor that seeks to alleviate food insecurity in Washtenaw County by distributing safe and nutritious food to local food pantries. Through his Fellowship, David worked with the Development Team at Food Gatherers in the planning and executing of Grillin’ 2019, Food Gatherers’ largest annual fundraiser, with the implementing of their new donor retention strategy and in the learning and understanding food insecurity, and the approach that Food Gatherers has taken to fighting hunger in Washtenaw County.

Meghan Clark

In May 2019, Meghan Clark graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in History and a minor in Environment. During her time at Michigan, Meghan worked on several online public history exhibits and taught a course for first-year students entitled “Politics of Green” about the history of environment versus economy debates in the United States. As an Engelhardt Social Justice Fellow, Meghan is continuing her work

with the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor to create a website to commemorate the Center’s accomplishments over the last fifty years in honor of their 50th anniversary in 2020. Specifically, Meghan is interested in the history of environmental justice campaigns and the ways that environmental groups’ commitments and approaches to social justice have evolved over the past fifty years. When she is not researching about the environment, she likes to spend time enjoying it, usually running, hiking, biking, or reading outside.

Olivia Grantham

Olivia Grantham will be working alongside 826michigan, a nonprofit organization that aims to “inspire school-age students to write with skill and confidence in collaboration with adult volunteers in their communities” (per their mission statement). As a lifelong Dearborn resident, she has always been interested in Detroit’s history, culture, and contemporary dilemmas, which would inevitably include the public school system. Olivia’s passion for social equity and educational justice draw her to the Motor City, where she is able to continue her work with 826michigan through the Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship.

Olivia is a sophomore at Henry Ford College, where she is a member of the volleyball team, Honors Program, Recycling Committee, and the honors society Phi Theta Kappa. She is president of the newly reinstituted Student Environmental Association, where she has organized and hosted fundraisers to plant oak trees around campus. Olivia is also a staff writer and soon-to-be Creative Editor for the Mirror News, the college newspaper.


Justin Randles

Justin Randles is graduating from Henry Ford College with a degree in telecommunications and his plan is to continue his learning at Wayne State University or U of M Dearborn and earn a degree in journalism. Justin served in the U.S. Army after high school for 12 years. After the service Justin worked in the medical field for a few years before deciding to pursue his passion for the written word.

Justin is working with the Mirror News at HFC along with Cass Community Social Services, Mariner’s Inn, UNI, and other Detroit area nonprofits. His project is to produce a feature story for the newspaper and the website that is designed to provide exposure for the nonprofits. With the feature story Justin is also setting up the nonprofits with a service-learning program with Henry Ford that would provide a streamline of paid interns and volunteers to the nonprofits. Justin is also assisting the nonprofits with volunteering himself.

2019 Engelhardt Social Justice Fellows

Carrie Welch Henry Ford College ABC Youth
David Torrejon University of Michigan Food Gatherers 
Hoi An Pham University of Michigan Corner Health Center
John Kistler University of Michigan Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition
Justin Randles Henry Ford College Mirror News
Meghan Clark University of Michigan Ecology Center of Ann Arbor
Olivia Grantham Henry Ford College 826 Michigan