About the Unum Fellows Program

As part of E Pluribus Unum’s foundational research journey in 2018, we found that people place a great deal of hope in their local political leadership and better embrace the concept of racial equity when local leadership actively seeks to advance it. Through UNUM Fellows, a signature program of E Pluribus Unum, elected leaders will gain or expand upon their understanding of how to address racial and economic equity within communities. Each UNUM Fellow will learn from nationally-recognized experts, consult with peers across the South, and design and implement an equity-based project that will create sustainable, meaningful change.

While success will look different in each community, Fellows will leave the program equipped to:

  • Foster meaningful participation among key community partners and leaders to drive the advancement of equity goals and projects.
  • Advance initiatives—beginning with their Fellowship project—that address racial and economic disparities in communities.
  • Cultivate long-term visions for equity within their communities that outlive any single term or administration.
  • Talk about racial and economic equity in ways that advance discourse, with a common language and understanding.
  • Act with urgency with the support of a strong peer network and community.

Program Partners Include

  • Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
  • Center for American Progress (CAP)
  • The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
  • FrameWorks Institute
  • Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a project of Race Forward
  • Hope Policy Institute
  • National League of Cities University (NLCU)
  • PolicyLink
  • What Works Cities

Meet the 2022 Youth Cohort

Check out the 2021 State Legislators
Check out the 2020 Inaugural Cohort