Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 Racial Equity Initiative (REI) Fellowship

The fellowship will build the foundation created through the Asian American Racial Equity Initiative, started by a collaborative of four non-profit Asian American Organizations in Metro Detroit. Established in 2012, the partners of the REI MI Collaborative (APIAVote-MI, BAPAC, Mai Family Services, and MAPAAC) have been working together to address structural inequities faced by Asian Americans in SE Michigan.. The purpose of the REI fellowship program is to build the infrastructure and capacity of partner organizations to host fellows in a community setting that allows fellows to develop a stronger sense of self and leadership skills for community work, while maintaining a strong network across partners dedicated to racial equity.

The REI Fellowship program places fellows with local community based organizations (CBOs). The program aims to build capacity of organizations, and to provide fellows with a well-rounded experience. The fellow will be required to attend all racial equity and organization specific training, with direct supervision provided by site supervisors. The program cohort will be able to work together to build networks across organizations in the Metro Detroit area.
Participants in the fellowship program will:
• Develop a broader understanding of the Asian American landscape in Michigan, including community leaders, stakeholders and allies.
• Deepen their awareness and improving their ability to collaborate across issues and communities.
• Strengthen core leadership skills to engage more fully in organizing, advocacy, and issue campaigns.
• Learn how to operate within the Asian American community through a racial equity lens.
• Identify long-term leadership goals and developing a clear plan to increase their community involvement.
• Feel empowered and equipped to take on greater leadership roles in their community.
• Build relationships and network with Asian American leaders and advocates across the state.
• Earn a monthly stipend of up to $1,000 ($8,000 in total) for meeting requirements of the fellowship program.

Fellowship Requirements:
• Commitment of 20 hours/week (includes monthly cohort trainings) over the course of 8 months (March - December 31, 2016)
• Reliable transportation to drive yourself to meetings and events as needed by the site.
• Attend and actively participate in monthly racial equity trainings with Fellow cohort members.
• Participate in organization/site specific orientation and training
• Engage in one hour of weekly structured direct supervision provided by site supervisors.
• Develop a workplan in partnership with site supervisors to include goals and outcomes
• Provide feedback during monthly cohort check-ins and trainings on program effectiveness
• Complete program evaluations as requested
• Be available evenings and weekends
• A desire to develop, learn and work effectively in teams
• Strong communications skills, written and verbal

To Apply:
Complete the online application form and send a resume by Friday, February 26, 2016 to:

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