Praxis Fellowship

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.

Fellowship Details

The program includes four components:
  1. A Spring course: CSRE 100P
  2. a 4-month collaboration/internship with an organization engaged in community organizing and/or social justice issue based work
  3. community-building activities, including events with community organizations and social movement leaders, a retreat, and shared meals/reflection sessions throughout the year
  4. a capstone project that supports the community partners’ work and deepens the students’ analytical skills
  5. Students receive $7,500 plus additional funding based on need.
Applications Due: February 11th, 2022
 

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Opportunities

Chinese Progressive Association, SF

Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.

Potential Projects: This year, CPA is coming up on its 50th year anniversary.  In celebration of the accomplishments we have had and the hard work ahead that still needs to be done, we are looking for motivated individuals who can assist us in expanding our programs around eviction defense, supporting renter protection ballot initiatives, and base-building.  As we work with a large Chinese-immigrant community, proficiency  in Mandarin and/or Cantonese is a plus. Potential projects for collaboration include:  

  • Movement and Alliance Building: One of CPA’s ongoing projects deeply rooted in local organizing, called Seeding Change, aims to grow a national Asian American movement to promote a just, sustainable, and democratic society. Our key strategies include building a national pipeline for the next generation of AAPI organizers; creating an infrastructure for AAPI grassroots organizing; and experimenting with building power and scale for our movements toward a vibrant social and economic justice movement.
  • Civic Engagement: The Political Empowerment Campaign (PEC) seeks to increase the civic engagement and political power of low-income Chinese immigrants by developing their leadership skills and deepening their understanding of key issues and their involvement in the electoral process.
  • Tenant and Worker Organizing: CPA educates and organizes low-wage immigrant workers to improve their working conditions and achieve economic justice by providing strategic services and advocating for immigrants and working families. Through active grassroot leadership, CPA conducts peer outreach and organizing, supports in filing wage claims and workplace campaigns, and grows the participation of working Chinese immigrants in the social justice movement. In addition to organizing workers, CPA has helped organize low-income immigrant tenants to improve housing conditions.

El Centro Legal de la Raza Youth Law Clinic

Centro Legal de la Raza is a direct legal services provider located in the historically Latino Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland since 1969. Centro Legal's legal services are in immigrant rights, worker's rights, and tenant's rights. Centro Legal’s multifaceted approach to legal advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable amongst us is purposefully designed to ensure access to justice. To this end, we pride ourselves in the three key components of our work: creating leadership, empowerment, and equity in our community.

We focus on leadership by providing guidance and mentorship to the next generation of attorneys and judges of color through our Youth Law Academy and Diversity Legal Pipeline programs.  We incubate community empowerment by advocating for positive change in local and state governments, creating meaningful dialogue on issues through our communications and media strategies, and by engaging in true, collaborative based, community lawyering. Finally, we ensure equity through high quality bilingual legal services and courtroom advocacy.

As a placement site for the Praxis fellowship you would be working with the Youth Law Academy program. The Youth Law Academy is a program for Oakland high school youth to help them learn about the field of law and help provide them with academic support and career awareness opportunities. The YLA is seeking fellows interested in the fields of ethnic studies, communications, education, diversity, government, and/or anything pre-law.

Filipino Advocates for Justice 

Filipino Advocates for Justice, formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action, was established in 1973 by students and community leaders in response to the discrimination and alienation faced by the influx of immigrant newcomers from the Philippines. 

For more than 40 years Filipino Advocates for Justice has been an advocate for immigrant, worker and civil rights and has sought to help the most vulnerable in the community navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US, particularly at-risk middle and high school-age youth, low-wage workers vulnerable to exploitation, newly-arrived immigrants and the undocumented.  Today, FAJ serves the more than 130,000 Filipinos who call the East Bay Area home through its offices in Oakland’s Chinatown and Union City. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, Bay Area tenants continue to receive increases in rent amidst a global recession and widespread economic disruptions due to the Omicron variant. The rent relief programs currently available are insufficient in protecting renters from displacement. Our intern will assist in escalating a campaign to pass a freeze on rent increases in Union City by supporting lobbying training, public speaking training, campaign timeline development, political education, leadership, and base-building.  

In addition, our intern will also devote time to building a foundation for a rent control and just cause campaign in Fremont by consolidating tenant leaders, FAJ contacts, FAJ campaign participants, and personal contacts into a campaign steering committee. Our intern will also conduct research into rent control and just cause laws in other jurisdictions and help develop relationships with other Fremont-based progressive organizations. 

FAJ is committed to centering those most affected by the issues we address, so another special invite goes out to renters, and/or students with a personal connection to the Union City or Fremont community.  Our organization invests considerably in mentoring students interested in community organizing and we place a lot of trust in our interns. We’re extending a special invitation to applicants who speak Tagalog, Punjabi, Hindi, Dari, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish. Thank you for your interest in FAJ, and we look forward to reading your application! 

Stop AAPI Hate

In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAPI Equity Alliance (AAPI Equity), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate coalition on March 19, 2020. The coalition tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Our approach recognizes that in order to effectively address anti-Asian racism we must work to end all forms of structural racism leveled at Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.

POTENTIAL PROJECTS:

Interns will collaborate with the SAH team on researching and writing reports that promote Asian American Studies/Ethnic Studies (AAS/ES) in K-12 schools.  As part of this work, interns will participate in leading youth campaigns and working with high school students to organiae around AAS/ES.  Lastly, interns will engage in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and report-writing on Stop AAPI Hate data. Interns work with a team of interns who meet weekly to discuss SAH’s overall efforts, their role in these initiatives, and questions they may have. Language skills in Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Vietnamese, and/or Hmong are highly encouraged.

San Francisco Rising

San Francisco Rising builds the political power of working-class communities and communities of color in San Francisco to lead the way for a government that centers racial, economic and environmental justice. We are an alliance of grassroots organizations led by people of color, and a political home for San Franciscans who care about justice and sustainability. We build power through deepening multiracial solidarity, educating and mobilizing voters, working closely with policy makers, organizing, and developing leaders of color.

  • We are rooted in grassroots organizing of working-class communities of color; and we are led by queer/nonbinary people, women, students, immigrants, and people of color.
  • We have a track record of winning innovative policies to combat inequality; our local victories have sparked national movements for a $15 minimum wage, free community college, sanctuary cities, and ethnic studies.
  • We build an integrated strategy connecting local, regional, state, and national issues and campaigns.

POTENTIAL PROJECTS:

Given our national political context, as well as the crises facing our planet and our economy, young people need to be front and center of any movement that is forging our path forward for future generations. Students and young people are already taking leadership across the country, and San Francisco Rising is part of this movement. We cultivate the leadership of young people of color, in particular, to organize, shape, and determine California’s future. Specifically, we inform, educate and mobilize young people of color and their families to engage in civic decision-making to transform their strength in numbers into real political power at the polls. We run phone banks and personally speak to thousands of young voters of color before every election so that our communities are aware of what’s on the ballot, are ready to vote, and know how to vote.

Through this Summer Fellowship, we will be focused on not only voter registration but our Student Debt Cancellation Campaign. Before the COVID-19 public health crisis began, student debt was already a drag on the national economy, weighing heaviest on Black and Latinx communities, as well as women, amounting to $1.8 trillion dollars. For a period of 6 weeks, we will meet 4-5 days each week with different skill / organizing leadership workshops, political education sessions featuring local organizers, daily phone banking to connect to our communities, community building rooted in mental health and wellness, and potential in-person canvassing days, depending on the covid-19 situation with students safety at our forefront. Additionally, we will be organizing a mass action at the end of the 6-weeks to bring awareness to our Student Debt Cancellation campaign. Additional blog for students more curious about an update on our campaign: https://www.sfrising.org/the-student-loan-system-was-never-meant-to-work-for-us

Beyond collaborating with us on the Student Debt Cancellation Campaign, students will support the SF Rising team on other projects based on the students’ interests and fit. We welcome all students who are open to learning about organizing, building political people power and seeking to build community. 

Black Organizing Project

The Black Organizing Project is a Black member-led community organization working for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots organizing and community-building in Oakland, California.Our vision is to build a strong bottom up organization of Black people that will:

  • Craft alternative models and institutions that will advance our vision of racial and economic justice
  • Rebuild the spirit and foundation of our community
  • Exercise political and economic power
  • Act to win real systematic change
  • Transform the lives of Black people
  • Embody the spirit that has sustained the Black community

POTENTIAL PROJECTS: Some of the work students can expect to be engaged in and support the B.O.P team are:

  • Organizational History 
  • In person community outreach/organizing
  • Campaign Implementation (research, strategic planning, etc.)
  • Communications Support 
  • Observation + Documentation 
  • Curriculum Development support 
  • Arts, Culture & Political Education
  • School Board Meeting Engagements + Dialogue
  • Event Prep and Takedown 
  • Open to support on some weekends (events)