The Freedom School for Intersectional Medicine and Health Justice is excited to present its inaugural…

Freedom School Healing & Health Justice National Fellowship

The Freedom School Health Justice and Healing Fellowship is a 9-month leadership opportunity for people committed to creating intersectional healing, medicine, and/or public health initiatives that are community-centered and advocate for the collective liberation and healing for all people.

Throughout the fellowship year, each fellow will engage in mentorship, healing circles, and a year-long curriculum on health justice and healing. In addition, each fellow will implement a portion of their Vision for Social Change.

We are interested in cultivating a diverse community of up to 10 fellows across the United States who are dedicated to being bridges between academia and local communities that are under-estimated and underserved. Each fellow must be committed to critical self-reflection and personal growth as parts of their own social change journey.

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We welcome and encourage individuals - especially self-identified womxn of color - of all disciplines, backgrounds, activism, and journeys of life who are passionate about health justice to join. Health justice entails activism and collaboration from disciplines beyond medicine and public health. We prioritize the involvement of womxn of color and people of identities that have been forcibly excluded from ivory tower/academic institutions, though we welcome and invite people who are down with the cause!

The Freedom School Fellowship Philosophy: Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World and Our Communities

The Fellowship runs from October 15, 2019 to June 1, 2020 and includes:

(1) Year-Long Curriculum on Health Justice and Healing
Throughout the fellowship year (October 2, each fellow will engage in a curriculum that will connect personal transformation, anti-oppressive health justice topics, community-based health narratives, and community change. Aligning with the origins of the Freedom School, we will center the narratives, texts, and life experiences of womxn and communities of color throughout our learning to further learn from narratives that are valuable to the health and healing of our people. Readings for the curriculum will be bi-weekly (every two weeks) with breaks in January and February.

(2) Mentorship & Healing Circles
Fellows will engage in regular virtual healing circles with their fellow cohort related to curriculum content, personal development, and visions for healing and social change. These will be moderated by the organizing team and also invite activists, community leaders, and healing practitioners to partake in dialogue with fellows. Each fellow will also regularly have individual check-ins with the organizing team on their personal growth, vision for healing and social change, and curriculum content.

(4) Vision for Healing and Social Change
By the end of the year, each fellow will implement a Vision for Healing and Social Change. With support and guidance from the fellowship organizing team, their mentor, and fellow healing circles, each fellow will put their vision into action that bridges resources and opportunities of the academy for community-centered healing and social change.

(4) Access to Seed Funding
Currently in the works is a seed fund for all fellows to implement their vision for social change! If and when available, each fellow will have access to seed funding to implement a portion of their vision for healing and social change.

To apply for the 2019-2020 fellow cohort, click here.

FAQs also available at the link above. Application Deadline: September 22, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific