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The Center for Social Inclusion: Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Fellowship
The Center for Social Inclusion is seeking applications for the Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Fellowship for longtime activists of color. The program honors and supports individuals who have devoted their lives to helping their communities organize for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice by providing resources for them to take time out for reflection and renewal. Deadline: June 15, 2012.
Since 1988, the Alston Bannerman Fellowship has honored and supported longtime organizers of color by giving them the resources to take time out for reflection and renewal. Fellows receive a $25,000 award to take sabbaticals for three months or more.
Why a sabbatical for organizers?
The Center for Social Inclusion recognizes that working for social change usually means long hours at low pay with few tangible rewards and few escapes from the day-to-day pressures. Without time to rest and reenergize, the pressures can prove overwhelming and result in a loss of creative and critical leadership. The Sabbatical Fellows receive a $25,000 award to take three months off for reflection and renewal.
How do Fellows use their sabbaticals?
Alston Bannerman Fellows use their sabbaticals however they think will best prepare them for the work ahead. Fellows commonly spend the time and resources to travel, study, visit with other activists, read, write, acquire new skills, plan, evaluate, explore new interests, spend time with their families, recover their health, and restore their spirits.
Who are the Fellows?
Since its founding in 1988, there have been 202 Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Fellows whose work addresses a broad range of issues—from workers rights to environmental justice, from immigrant rights to native sovereignty, from affordable housing to education reform. Fellows have come from 32 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
What impact does the Program have?
Alston Bannerman Fellows strongly affirm the value of stepping back for a period of reflection and renewal. Sabbaticals strengthen organizational planning and leadership development, encourage innovation and collaboration, promote the value of reflection, and foster connections between organizers and organizations. By reinvigorating experienced grassroots organizers and encouraging younger ones to see organizing as a long-term career, the Alston Bannerman Fellowship helps build the necessary infrastructure for systemic and sustainable change.
How are Fellows selected?
Fellows are selected through an annual application process. The Selection Committee is comprised of leaders from around the country working in or for communities of color.
Who is eligible to apply?
To qualify for an Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Fellowship, you must:
- be a person of color
- have more than 10 years of community organizing experience
- be committed to social change work in communities of color
- live in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa or U.S. Virgin Islands
Beyond the basic eligibility criteria, the Alston Bannerman Program seeks applicants whose work:
- attacks root causes of inequity by organizing those affected to take collective strategic action;
- challenges the systems that perpetrate injustice and effects institutional and structural change;
- builds community capacity for democratic participation and develops grassroots leadership;
- acknowledges the cultural values of the community;
- creates accountable participatory structures in which community members have decision-making power;
- contributes to building a movement for social change by making connections between issues, developing alliances with other constituencies, and collaborating with other organizations.
For more information and to access the application, click here.
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