LatinxEd Fellowship

Over this six-month immersive learning opportunity, Fellows will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in education advocacy and gain leadership experience as practitioners. While remaining in their field or profession, Fellows will receive ongoing leadership coaching and strategic communications support, alongside access to key educational leaders in North Carolina. Upon completion of the fellowship, each Fellow will receive a $2,000 stipend for their engagement.

At LatinxEd, we believe that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. However, many of the unique barriers to opportunity facing Latinx families in North Carolina go largely undiscussed at decision-making tables when planning local and state investments and policy-making. There are persistent gaps in the process that prevent these strategic planning processes from being truly representative of the changing face of this state – specifically, a lack of representation of Latinx educators, non-profit, and community leaders. These leaders have first-hand knowledge of the educational challenges and opportunities facing this growing community.

With the support of the John M. Belk Endowment, LatinxEd seeks to build a trusted network of Latinx education leaders with a shared vision and desire to work together to create a more inclusive and equitable education system in North Carolina. To facilitate these leaders’ continued professional development and lift up their voices to a statewide platform, LatinxEd is launching the LatinxEd Fellowship. The inaugural 2021 cohort will include a total of 10 fellows who are ready to take the next step in their leadership journey and join LatinxEd in advocating on behalf of the Latinx community.

Through this fellowship experience, emerging Latinx education leaders will gain:

+ Professional development on skills such as media training and general strategic communications around storytelling, awareness of governing education bodies, and an opportunity to learn leadership frameworks to help individuals and organizations adapt to challenging environments.

+ A deeper understanding of the current landscape of educational initiatives across the state focused on education equity in North Carolina; and

+ A community of support that will lift up their voice on Latinx education issues that matter to them by serving as vehicles that amplify their message and work across the state.

As a part of this fellowship, fellows will be committed to the following:

+ Attend two Fellowship Summer Retreats*;
+ Engage in virtual training workshops, webinars, coaching, and community Zoom calls;
+ Contribute to a LatinxEd Education Series, which will include education panel discussions and informal cafecito events for external audiences;
+ Co-create two items of advocacy collateral, namely a video profile and op-ed, regarding their views on the challenges and opportunities in advancing Latinx student success in North Carolina;
+ Become active members in LatinxEd’s new network of education leaders, a group of Latinx community members interested in participating in education efforts at the local and state level.

*Any in-person events or interactions will be following COVID-19 safety protocols.

Our Ideal Fellow is…

+ Committed to LatinxEd’s mission, vision, and beliefs.
+ Has working knowledge and personal experience related to positive racial/ethnic identity development for Latinx families in the rural South
+ Actively working at an organization or part of an initiative that is actively working to advance access to opportunity in NC
+ Strategic thinker adept at solving problems, overcoming obstacles, and adapting to achieve desired outcomes in a rapidly changing environment.
+ Effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills
+ Latino/a/x or Hispanic
+ Over 20 years of age
+ Residents of North Carolina*

*U.S. citizenship is not required. 

For our 2021 inaugural cohort, we are selecting fellows from the Western, Northwestern, Piedmont Triad, and North Central Regions. For our 2022 cohort, we will be selecting candidates from the Northeast, South Central, Southeast, and Southwest Regions.

FELLOWSHIP TIMELINE

April 15th: Applications Open
May 1st: Priority Deadline
May 8th: Final Application Deadline
May 10th-19th: Finalist Interviews*
May 27th: Fellowship Decisions
June 28th-29th: Fellowship Kickoff Retreat**
June 30th-Aug 5th: Virtual Immersive Summer Learning Component
August 6th: Summer Wrap-Up Retreat**
August-December: Strategic Communications Component

*Interview invitations distributed on a rolling basis.
**For the opening retreat, our tentative agenda begins at 10 am on Monday, June 28th and concludes at 4 pm on Tuesday, June 29th. As for the final day-long retreat on Friday, Aug. 6th, we are aiming for a 10 am – 4 pm schedule. However, we are hoping to be able to coordinate these retreats with fellows’ availability as much as possible. Overall, we will try our best to sync up our overall fellowship schedule with fellows’ availability. Any in-person events or interactions will be following COVID-19 safety protocols.

APPLICATION DETAILS

The priority application deadline is May 1st, 2021. Click here to apply! The application consists of general applicant information, open-ended responses, and other documentation that best represents your qualifications. 

FAQs

As this is a 6-month fellowship, how many hours per week are required?
During the summer, you can expect to contribute 8 hours for a 6 week period. These 8 hours are not exclusively for meeting time, but should also be used to review materials, read articles, write reflections, etc. During August – December 2021, the time commitment will look like 8-10 hours per month.

What is next after the fellowship?
LatinxEd recognizes that it takes a village to create sustainable change. The 2021 cohort is the first of many, and they will be the beginning of a network of education leaders eager to impact Latinx education across the state.

Do I need to be able to speak Spanish?
Nope!

If I do not live in the 2021 cohort regions, should I still apply?
While you aren’t eligible for this first cohort, please fill out this form so we can invite you to apply next year.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for consideration, please contact me at mirella@latinxed.org. I’m also happy to help if you have any questions or need additional time to fill out the application. Schedule a brief meeting with me here!

Mirella Cisneros Perez

Community Impact Manager, LatinxEd