The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) program has announced its second cohort of fellows.
Launched in 2017, the year-long non-residential program is based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg and is dedicated to interactive learning experiences and collaborations with international changemakers working to end anti-black racism in the U.S. and South Africa and build a more equitable world. Through the program, fellows receive a $10,000 scholarship as well as additional project support of up to $10,000, personalized mentorships, and opportunities to participate in transnational community-building modules.
This year's cohort of twenty fellows includes Regina Holloway, senior program manager, the Policing Project at New York University School of Law; Devon Simmons, global ambassador of education programs and research assistant, Incarceration Nations Network; Wilneida Negron, strategic advisor, Ford Foundation; Mitchell Little, executive director, Mayor's Office of the City of Philadelphia Community Empowerment and Opportunity; and award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator Dylan Valley.
"In a changing world, the most impactful leaders are those who are able to build solidarity that draws traction from and leverages the communities to which they belong," said AFRE board chair Maxine Griffith. "Through leadership development, community building, and narrative shifting, AFRE supports racial equity leaders in building knowledge, skills, and relationships to work effectively across identities, sectors, and ideological perspectives so that more powerful and visionary change can be achieved."
For a complete list of the 2019 Atlantic Fellows, see the AFRE website.