The Unum Fellows program will take place over two academic semesters and in two-phases. The first semester will focus on knowledge and skill building and project development. The second semester will focus on project implementation and technical assistance.
Learning and Planning Phase: Aug – Dec 2022
During the Learning and Planning Phase, cohort members will engage in workshops and training sessions designed to increase their knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Understanding equity-driven issues in preparation for their own work to advance equity within their schools and communities;
- Building connections to colleagues with experience/interest in speaking, writing, and advancing issues of racial and economic equity;
- Leveraging the tools and data needed to be well-versed in applying an equity lens to their current and future work;
- Examining best practice models for advancing key organizational, community, policy, and legislative change across a range of issues;
- Engaging with experts, thought leaders, community leaders, and those with lived experience of being negatively impacted by unjust policies and systems;
- Learning how to frame issues in a way that moves people forward; and
- Exploring strategies for navigating barriers and common pitfalls.
In addition, fellows will develop a project to address racial and/or economic equity on their campuses or within their communities. Fellows will receive project planning support including specific guidance on developing the project budget and managing the funds.
Project Implementation Phase: Jan – May 2023
During the Project Implementation Phase, fellows will implement their equity projects with the support of one-on-one technical assistance from EPU and up to $3,000 of funding. Fellows will meet regularly with EPU team members throughout the implementation process to receive feedback, troubleshoot challenges, report on progress, and generally support the advancement and successful completion of the project.