Nelse and Ella Gaston Social Justice Fellowship

October 10, 2022
October 10, 2022 Charles Brown

Market by events occurring on the afternoon of February 22, 1959, in Shuqualak, Mississippi, the story of Nelse and Ella Gaston is a testament to the courage and unwavering faith that many southern Blacks possessed living in mid-20th century racism in Jim Crow Mississippi. The Gastons, while driving with four of their children visiting family, were pulled over by sheriff’s deputies, beaten, and arrested. The Gaston’s story speak to the continued need for social justice reform to ensure that their experience does not continue to be perpetuated today. – “Justice for Ella: A Story that Needed to be Told” by Pam Johnson

Eligibility Criteria

Equitable Cities seeks dedicated, curious individuals with outstanding research, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Other pre-requisite qualifications for this fellowship include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Compensation: $65,000 USD
  • U.S. citizenship or a permit to work in the U.S.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, public health, or a closely related degree
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in urban planning, public policy, public health or a related field
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Superior evaluation and analytical skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice through public policy, professional experience, or community-related activism aimed at improving the living conditions for communities of color
  • Flexibility to travel frequently to client cities

About the Fellowship

The Nelse and Ella Gaston Social Justice Fellowship, named after relatives of Charles T. Brown, Founder of Equitable Cities, is designed to provide an opportunity for its fellow to work with notable transportation, planning, and public health professionals to address social justice issues on a global scale for at least one year. One fellow will be selected to produce social justice policy research and analysis, evaluate the impact and effectiveness of complex, multi-sectoral programs, and engage in communities of practice. The Social Justice Fellow will gain invaluable experience as they engage and develop rapport with key leaders and stakeholders to conduct policy analysis, research, data collection, and host interdisciplinary learning opportunities with the goal to disseminate research findings and relevant information to advance Equitable Cities’ mission.

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Deadline to apply: October 23, 2023 at 11:59pm


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