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Social Justice Fellows

The Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice selects a limited number of outstanding students annually as Social Justice Fellows. Their activities include research on current social justice issues, coursework that involves legal analysis through the intersecting lenses of race, gender, class, and sexuality, externships with local social justice organizations, and participation in activities that seek to cultivate social justice scholars, leaders, and activists.

Each fellow receives tuition assistance in exchange for work with the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice.  Fellowships carry an annual stipend, currently $3,500 ($1,750 per semester).

Social Justice Fellows are required to enroll in two of the following three courses, taking at least one in their second year of study: Critical Race Theory; Feminist Jurisprudence; Gender and the Law.  They also are required to participate in a three-credit research project sponsored by the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, help with the Center’s annual fall event, and attend occasional programs throughout the academic year.


Application Process

Incoming students interested in being considered for a Social Justice Fellowship should submit an additional statement of interest to the Admissions Office. Students can send this statement of interest directly to Chad Vondenhuevel at

Statements of interest and demonstrated commitment to social justice issues will play a significant role in the selection process.