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Graduate Fellows in Social Justice and Community Engagement


The Undergradaute Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity is offering two fellowships for graduate students interested in social justice, mentorship, teaching and community engagement. 

Our approach to teaching and mentorship is described well by Paulo Freire’s statement in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, “For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” Within our teaching and mentorship, we work to create spaces of learning that are dialogical, self-reflexive and student driven that grapple with some of the leading and difficult questions facing us today.  Our goal is for our students to leave with an intersectional and multidimensional understanding of the human experience and its relationship to power and oppression. It is important students in our programs come out with a stronger sense of self and how in turn they can apply the material we discuss in the classroom to engage in community focused driven work that is grounded in social justice and aims to transform and liberate.

With this vision in mind, each  fellow will be responsible for one of our flagship fellowship programs:

Community Based Research Fellowship

The program facilitates research internships that are community-based, community-supported, and include an analysis that engages issues of race and ethnicity. Students develop a research project in collaboration with a community partner and a faculty mentor, develop their research plan through coursework in the Spring, and execute the research during a full-time summer internship with the community partner.

Praxis Fellowship in Community Engagement, Advocy and Social Change

The Praxis Fellowship  supports undergraduate students, interested in social change, activism, and organizing by developing their analytical and practical skills as social change leaders and community advocates. The program provides a deep experience in working with service and issue based organizations, develop and support community among students engaged in social justice work, cultivate authentic relationships between students and community partners, and create pathways for students to continue working with community organizations and engage in social justice work beyond Stanford. Students will learn from long-time organizers and change agents, participate in skill-building workshops, study movement histories, and engage directly in movement-building work.

This is a nine-month fellowship from November 2018-August 2019. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • co-teach/support fellowship courses,
  • lead bi-weekly cohort meetings,
  • maintain and build relationships with community organizations.

This is an exciting opportunity for graduate students at Stanford! 

To learn about our undergraduate fellowship programs, visit:


To Apply please submit a Cover Letter, CV and Philosophy to Teaching and Mentoring to: COMMUNITY