Applications are due by midnight on Monday, February 12th.
Program Details: The office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning, with support from the Engelhardt Family Fund, invites you to join us as we work toward social justice across southeast Michigan. Community-based organizations and University of Michigan students benefit from partnering with one another through community-based learning courses, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Often, the work on a project or initiative takes longer than a semester to complete. The Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship (ESJF)offers an opportunity for students and organizations to continue their work together during this 8-week internship.
This year the ESJF will support six undergraduate students who will propose projects with organizations that they identify as partners. The organizations should have a social justice focus, work with under-resourced communities, and be located within an hour of Ann Arbor. Students can propose projects that center around capacity-building, direct service, or the implementation of a new or pilot initiative with an organization where they have existing relationships. The fellowship is comprised of 1) an internship based on a well-developed work plan 2) continual and critical reflection activities and 3) professional development workshops. Fellows will help further the social justice work that their partner organizations strive to achieve while they strengthen their leadership, research, and interpersonal skills.
Fellows will gain crucial transferable skills including: the ability to grapple with complexity, the opportunity to expand their network, and tools to prioritize projects. The Fellowship experience will take place from April 30 to June 22. Engelhardt Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,000. 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 undergraduate enrolled in good academic standing in a degree program in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
❏ Have participated in at least one community-centered experience (a community-based learning course or program, a robust volunteer experience, a GIEU course or community-centered internship, etc.)
❏ Work with a community organization in southeast Michigan to co-create the project proposal.
❏ Have a strong commitment to social justice issues.
❏ Be available for full duration of Fellowship.
The Work: Engelhardt Fellows will receive funding to work with community organizations four days a week. Fellows will meet once a week as a cohort to participate in workshops and to collaboratively reflect on their experiences. Guided by the principle of bi-directional learning, CEAL-led sessions will focus on the expertise of community partners, place-based research methods, the ethics of community-centered collaborations and the principles and practice of critical reflection. Interns will also explore differences and commonalities in each organization’s approach to social justice.
Sara just finished up four years at U of M as a student in the Residential College and received majors in Chinese studies and Cognitive Science and minors in Translation Studies and Community Action and Social Change. During her time here, Sara was part of the Semester in Detroit spring 2016 cohort, the Prison Creative Arts Project, The Quito Project, and The Divest and Invest Campaign. Through the Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship, Sara will be continuing her work with the Michigan Immigrant Right's Center where she has been interning for the past semester as a law clerk. When she is not at her internship this summer you can find Sara swimming in the Huron River, eating midnight pizza at backroom, obsessing over her new carrot sprouts or pouring lattes at Lab cafe.
Hollyn Formosa majored in French and Francophone Studies and International and Comparative Studies. She also is an alumna of the Residential College and its Semester in Detroit (SiD) program. Her collaborative work with SiD fostered her relationship with the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) at Wayne State University, Law School. Throughout Hollyn’s final year at U-M, the Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) provided the means for her to better articulate her passion and dedication to Community-Based Learning and equitable engagement with communities.
Hollyn will continue to engage with the DEAL in its collaborative efforts with community partners to co-create materials for a series of panel discussions centered on the rapports between the Rebellion of 1967, the following resistance of Detroiters, and the community/ ies visioning of the City’s future in preparation for the municipal elections of November 2017. Hollyn would especially love to show gratitude to CEAL and its staff, the SiD program, faculty, and staff, and the sponsors of the Engelhardt Fellowship at U-M. Hollyn hopes to continue to engage while being self-aware, self-critical, and self-reflective.
Emily Kearns graduated this spring with a B.A. in American Culture with a focus on Latina/o Studies. She is also a trained doula and midwife's assistant and has attended births in home and hospital settings. The next step in her education will be to apply to medical schools in 2018 and eventually pursue a career in reproductive medicine. Through her work, Emily hopes to combat racial and economic health disparities which disproportionately impact women and children. As an Engelhardt Social Justice Fellow, Emily will be working in southwest Detroit at American Indian Health and Family Services in the maternal/infant home-visiting program. Over the course of the fellowship she will help to create a social support network for pregnant and postpartum families in Detroit, including warm lines, group therapy, and peer support groups.
Adam Mageed is a recent LSA graduate, having studied History and Social Theory & Practice. He is passionate about advocacy and community empowerment, which underlay his involvement in the Muslim Students' Association, the Muslim Coalition, Alternative Spring Break as a Site Leader, and Michigan Housing as a Residential Advisor. While taking a community-based course this past year, Adam served as an Organizing Intern at Michigan United. Focusing on immigrants' rights, Adam canvassed Southwest Detroit as a member of Michigan United's Get-Out-The-Vote team as well as conducted research on immigrant integration programs in other states. His time as an Engelhardt Fellow seeks to expand Michigan United's focus to other immigrant communities in southeast Michigan. After taking some time off to pursue personal and professional growth, Adam intends to apply to law school. He is interested in the intersection of Islamic law and American constitutional law, and after graduating Adam would like to pursue a career in civil rights litigation. In his free time, Adam enjoys traveling, reading, exercise of all kinds, and sipping warm beverages.
Wolverine Pathways provides learning experiences that will aid in student success in college and future careers. If a student completes the program and is admitted to UM, they're also granted full tution. I will be working with four rising seniors to create their capstone project, a portfolio. This will geared towards employment and will feature a resume, letters of recommendation, and record of their grades. As these students are considered artist, it will feature some of their artwork, creative writing, and an artist statement. This project will prep them better for life past high school graduation.
Laura Schinagle graduated in April with a B.A. in Arabic and political science. With the Engelhardt Fellowship, she is able to continue working as a law clerk at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC). Laura hopes to work at a social justice organization before pursuing a career in law. She is excited to dedicate her spring to helping MIRC uphold its mission as a resource for the local immigrant community.