Sarah Arshad

Sarah Arshad

Gender Parity

2018

The South Asian Empowerment Coalition (SAEC) is an initiative that aims to provide young South Asian women in New Jersey with the tools, resources, and knowledge necessary for their financial independence. This program was born out of a necessity for women of South Asian descent to take ownership of their personal well-being as well as their social and economic outcomes. The program will (1) host a 10-week series of educational workshops designed to help women manage their personal expenses and additional one-on-one financial counseling to build their own financial plans, and (2) foster community among South Asian women in New Jersey who can help each other navigate financial systems and thrive both in and outside of the community. The long-term goal of this program is to build a lifelong network and skill set for these women to regularly tap into.

Shawn Fredericks

Shawn Fredericks

Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

2018

In-house Conversations is a nonprofit digital learning platform and social justice initiative dedicated to the issue of civic engagement and socioeconomic issues. The learning platform seeks to reach out to minority educators to offer them a platform to host their content to community stakeholders, interest groups, and low-income communities. The platform would also seek to do on the field outreach efforts towards local communities of color to reinforce both the mission and content of In-house Conversations.

Sonia Badji

Sonia Badji

Racial Justice

2018

ELIMINHATE is a website set out to create a nationwide network that will enable people to educate themselves about extremist, hate groups menacing the country. ELIMINHATE sets out to provide tools for communities at risk to be aware of the hate that may be in their geographical vicinity and engage in campaigns and policies aimed at ending the propagation of hate in this country. A user of the website will be able to stay updated on current events concerning hate crimes, navigate where certain groups are localized, get involved in events happening near them, understand the history of the most prominent groups, and know what policies exist as well as what legislation is needed in the future to protect those whose rights are being infringed upon by these hate groups.

Vick Baker

Vick Baker

Racial Justice

2018

This project seeks to create and implement an alumni network for Gatorship, a social justice education retreat program at the University of Florida. Through 4 weekend retreats, Gatorship educates 300+ students on diversity and social justice issues each year. The program is run by a team of 2-4 Directors and 14-17 Assistant Directors, as well as an Advisor. Since staff members are heavily involved in and committed to the program, the alumni network will begin as exclusively for current and past staff members. It will seek to provide past staff members with updates about the program, advocacy opportunities, and relevant information catered to their wants and needs. It will also serve the program by creating a steady stream of testimonials from which to use in marketing, as well as help make fundraising for the program easier.

Victor Costa

Victor Costa

Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

2018

The Central Valley Social Justice Pipeline is a long term leadership development program to prepare youth (18-35) to run for elected office or to work on electoral campaigns and get involved with local commissions and boards that affect public policy, in the Central Valley of California, from Sacramento County to Kern County. CVSJP will focus on educating youth on social justice issues, how they can be addressed, learn how our local government is structured in each respective community, and how we can get involved and implement policies to create sustainable institutional change. The program will provide additional advanced programming that will focus on getting interested individuals to learn the basics of running for electoral office or working on electoral campaigns as staff for candidates.

Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

Education Justice

2018

The Third Space Youth Institute is a collaboration between the Riverside County Office of Education, LA County Office of Education, and the USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking. Instructors from USC Annenberg will work with 60 students participating in the counties’ Migrant Education Program during a four-day program. Students will be introduced to five core competencies or soft skills – adaptability, cultural competency, empathy, intellectual curiosity, and 360-degree thinking – that are critical to success in their academic, professional, and leadership journeys. Students who participate in the TSYI will enhance their mastery of essential soft skills, improve their writing and speaking capabilities, use of digital and social media, presentation and networking skills, professional etiquette development, college preparedness, and career development with the purpose of creating a personal brand that will propel participants into their academic and professional careers.

Yutahtkas Dallas

Yutahtkas Dallas

Native/Indigenous Empowerment, Cultural Preservation, & Tribal Sovereignty

2018

The Activating Sisters Strengths and Elevating Their Stories (A.S.S.E.T.S.) Conference is an annual gathering of Native American, female-identifying scholars attending the University of Wisconsin. The A.S.S.E.T.S. Conference is new in existence and emerges to provide peer support for women of Native American descent currently pursuing undergraduate degrees. The A.S.S.E.T.S. Conference establishes a physical space for Native American women to build community during a four day series of workshops focused on strengthening academic and spiritual wellbeing. A.S.S.E.T.S. will follow traditional indigenous values to create healthy exchanges of women’s stories pertaining to the intersections of academia, culture, and spirituality. A.S.S.E.T.S. will continue to honor and advance the contributions of Native women from local lands by highlighting previous or currently active Native American female leadership in education.

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