Our IDEAS Fellowship is a two-year, cohort-based program designed to incubate and accelerate the next generation of connected leaders advancing IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice in their workplaces and communities. Through virtual skill-building intensives, intergenerational mentorship with industry leaders, compensated experiential learning, and professional placements, this inaugural program will bring greater rigor and impact to workforce development in the IDEAS field.
Despite increasing national attention on questions of racial equity, gender justice, and other intersectionally marginalizing systems, few organizations have the internal capacity to catalyze and sustain cultures and systems that ensure everyone can thrive. Many look to the nascent and ever-evolving field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to solve culture and systems challenges; yet these efforts have largely failed to reach their full potential because:
The IDEAS Generation Fellowship addresses all four of these challenges by ushering in cohorts of connected, impactful IDEAS practitioners. Fellows will gain the practical experience, mentorship, and skills needed to cultivate and sustain IDEAS values in organizations - at once building the pipeline of next generation leaders and resourcing institutions with the capacity to transform.
Who is this for?
This fellowship is for anyone interested in a professional role in the IDEAS field (either internal to an organization or as an external consultant). For this inaugural pilot cohort, we particularly encourage applicants who are new to the workforce and/or have 1-5 years of prior IDEAS experience (e.g. leading an employee resource group, serving on a DEI Council, leading IDEAS projects in your organization or educational institution). If you have more than 5 years of experience, no worries! We still encourage you to apply. Additionally, fellows must be able to participate virtually part-time for about 8-12 hours a month for the first twelve months of the program. All educational and professional backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences are welcome to apply.
What does the fellowship entail?
All fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $1000/month as well as:
An in-person, community-building orientation (location TBD)
Mutual mentorship/professional coaching with industry leaders
Opportunities to work on IDEAS Generation client projects advancing IDEAS in organizational systems and communities
12 virtual skill-building intensives
Community of peers with which to share resources, expertise, & support
Year-long professional placement at a partner organization
Please note these important dates in the fellowship program:
5/3 at 5:00pm EST - Informational Webinar
5/24 at 5:00pm EST - Informational Webinar
6/1 - Fellowship Application Open
6/30 - Fellowship Application Closed
7/14 - Round 1 Fellowship Notifications Sent
7/28 - 8/3 - Fellow Interviews
8/8 - Round 2 Decisions
8/11 - Final Fellow Selections Made
9/8 - 9/10 - In-Person Fellow Orientation
Q. Who is eligible for this fellowship?
A. Any person who is interested in joining the IDEAS field (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice) or who has roughly 1-5 of related experience in the field. While all levels of prior professional experience are welcome, this program is not designed for Senior Leaders seeking to become Chief DEI Officers but rather entry to mid-level roles. Participants must be available for part-time work lasting approximately 8-12 hours per month in the first year of the program.
Q. Why are the intensives mandatory?
A. Effective IDEAS leaders need to be able to draw from a broad set of skills and frameworks to effect change in organizations. Fellows in this program will meet twice monthly for virtual intensives to cultivate the skills and practical experience needed to transform cultures towards becoming more IDEAS-centered.
Intensive topics may include but are not limited to: organizational development, stakeholder engagement & change management, strategic communications, data analytics, project management, strategy development, facilitation and training, individual and group coaching, and IDEAS-centered design. Each Fellow will also facilitate a session based on their own lived and learned expertise for the broader cohort.
Q. How will compensated learning be provided?
A. Six months into the fellowship, Fellows will begin consulting assignments on existing IDEAS Generation client projects. Time working on IDEAS-centered change initiatives will focus on developing practical experience while being supported by our team and project advisors. Fellows will be trained on IG proprietary content and approaches so that they can deliver our work beyond our existing client partners.
Q. How will professional client placements work?
A. Upon completion of a year of intensives, coaching, and IG project work, Fellows will be placed (part or full time depending on capacity/need) with nonprofit and social enterprises seeking to advance IDEAS. IDEAS Generation will serve as a liaison to help vet and match Fellows with partner organizations based on geography, organizational needs, and a Fellow's interest. During partner placements, IG will provide wrap-around support to fellows including monthly Roundtables & Healing Circles, ongoing coaching, and community-building events and activities. IG and Fellows will also have periodic check-ins about their experiences in their placement organizations.
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