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Judith C. Jones Fellowship for Trainers of Color

The Judith C. Jones Fellowship supports the leadership of grassroots trainers and organizers of color to build power and skills their organizations and communities.

2019 APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN

About the Fellowship

 

The 2019 Judith C. Jones Fellowship for Trainers of Color is structured around three key components: 1) two in-person retreats; 2) monthly coaching sessions; and 3) skill-building opportunities, including TFC workshops and online Fellowship webinars. The Fellowship is a one-year commitment, from January to December 2019, with an opportunity to renew for a second year. We expect to accept up to five Fellows for 2019.

RETREATS

  • In-person skill-building retreats, one at the beginning and one at the end of the Fellowship
  • First retreat runs Sun, April 14-Tues, April 16, 2019 (attendance is required)
  • Second retreat date TBD by the Fellowship cohort for late Summer or Fall

MONTHLY COACHING

  • Monthly meetings with a one-on-one coach who can hold the arc of the Fellow’s growth
  • Fellows create a one-year work plan with their coach, outlining learning goals throughout the Fellowship
  • Fellows are paired with a TFC Coach that best fits their work and goals, and when relevant, can be connected to additional coaches and mentors. TFC Core Trainers generally hold coaching roles.

WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS

  • Free registration to any 2019 TFC workshop, including the Super-T (Fellows are responsible for travel)
  • Bi-monthly online skill- and relationship-building webinars via Zoom throughout the year, among Fellows. These are opportunities to engage and lead around various themes using experiential education.
  • Support to develop new tools, handouts, and resources.

Eligibility Requirements

 

To be eligible for the Judith C. Jones Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Identify as a Person of Color. Contact us with any questions around how we use this language and your eligibility.
  • Have completed a Training for Social Action Trainers (TSAT) workshop.
  • Be active in a social change context; practice training and facilitation in grassroots organizing, community-building, leadership development, or direct action.
  • Identify a training program, workshop, or ongoing facilitation opportunity that they will be working in during the course of the Fellowship.
  • Have strong commitment to self-reflection and ongoing learning; have clear sense of own goals for the Fellowship and areas of growth as trainers and activists/organizers.
  • Be accountable to program requirements; make a one-year commitment to the Fellowship and attend in-person retreats. We anticipate an average of 5 hours/month for Fellowship responsibilities.
  • Reside in the United States or Canada.

This Fellowship is NOT for…

  • People who have not yet attended a TFC workshop.
  • People who are not part of a network or organization that will provide opportunities to apply trainer skills.
  • People who are looking for administrative or marketing support to start their own business as a consultant.
  • People living outside the United States and Canada.

 

We receive many more strong applications than spots in the Fellowship. Even though the Fellowship is competitive, we encourage anyone eligible to apply. We are available to support throughout the entire process and are rooting for you to apply!

Decisions are made by a committee of Training for Change staff and trainers who consider all aspects of each person’s application, our knowledge of them as a trainer or facilitator, and the overall makeup of the Fellowship cohort. Outside of the above criteria for Fellows, we are open to accepting people who are using training and facilitation skills in different capacities and social change contexts. However, we do often prioritize folks engaged in social change movements through grassroots organizing or community-building, direct action campaigns, or leadership development outside of academia, social service agencies and large institutions. If you are applying, please be sure to include examples of your connection to this kind of social change work.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like support, contact us here.

 

APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 10, 2019

2019 Fellowship Coordinators

Shreya Shah

Shreya Shah

s​hreya s​hah, mph, is a south asian facilitator/trainer with over 11 years experience in supporting grassroots groups and movement work- often integrating creative approaches as an activist coach, visual data tools designer,​ artist, and writer. shreya was first politicized as a youth worker, building and implementing sexual health and transformative justice, anti-violence programming for LGBTQ and homeless youth of color at a one-stop health center. in collaboration with other artists, healers, and organizers, their work lies at the intersections of racial, gender, and economic justice.

s​hreya’s art and facilitation opens up space for embodied trauma-healing and resiliency practices and processes for self- and community-determination. shreya works across the states with training for change as well as saltwater social justice training- with homes in Oakland, CA; Michigan; and Philadelphia, PA. shreya loves singing, visiting with the ocean and woods, and laughing loudly with loved ones. Check out www.saltwatertraining.org for more information!

Omi Masika

Omi Masika

Omi Masika’s (they/them) relationship with TFC started in 2013 when they attended the Training for Social Action Trainers for People of Color (POC TSAT). Before joining the JCJ Coordinator team, they were a graduate of the Super-T, the Training for Transformation, and the 2nd class of the JCJ Fellowship.

Their work primarily consists of coaching and mentorship through the Judith C. Jones Fellowship, the Fund for Trans Generations, and most recently facilitating the Trans Justice Community School for the Audre Lorde Project. They believe that healing is at the root of their training work. When participants are given the space to heal from past trauma and hurt, there is more openness to transformation.

When they aren’t facilitating and training, they are an assistant coach for the youth Muay Thai program at 8 Limbs Academy, and are a member of the 8 Limbs Academy competition team.

Zein Nakhoda

Zein Nakhoda

Zein, Co-Director, is a organizer, trainer, and media maker based in Philadelphia. He’s organized around environmental justice through fossil fuel divestment and as a co-founder of Philly Thrive, a campaign fighting environmental racism and fossil fuel expansion in Philadelphia. He’s been involved in some local electoral organizing in Philly, is a former Wildfire Project Fellow, and is in current political community with LeftRoots and the Maypop Collective. He’s made community and movement media with Scribe Video Center, Media Mobilizing Project, and independently. Some of his media work can be found here; his current film explores practices and rituals of resilience among change-makers and community-builders in Philadephia.

Zein has been connected to Training for Change for over eight years through trainings and coaching. He co-facilitates TFC trainings and joined staff as Co-Director in 2017.

Learn more about the Fellowship from previous JCJ Fellows (2015):

2018 Fellows

Nicole Ektnitphong

Nicole Ektnitphong

Nicole Ektnitphong is an educator, organizer, youth worker, and trainer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota with roots in Thailand and Laos. She dreams of intergenerational building and ways to continue centering healing in movements. Raised in Southwest Minnesota, Nicole’s organizing community has grown + blossomed through her relationships and work with youth of color in her hometown of Worthington, the Divestment Student Network, the broader climate justice movement, Voices for Racial Justice, and Asians for Black Lives. Rock climbing, eating noodle soups, writing, and planning adventures are nourishing ways of being for Nicole’s soul.

Heidi Lopez

Heidi Lopez

Heidi Maria Lopez is a first generation, queer, Quiskeyana who believes in people and our power to shape our lives, heal and create new possibilities. Heidi Maria builds relationships that change this world so that Black and Brown people, particularly poor Black and Brown people, take back was has been taken from us, (re)claim our history and shape our own lives without the intervention of racist and oppressive systems.

Heidi Maria has had paid work in a variety of settings from youth development to higher education and city government; she brings organizing, healing, love and liberation into all the settings she’s in. Ms. Lopez has a GED and an MSW. Heidis’ current organizing is as a racial equity and liberation facilitator all over the world and in the gatherings she hosts in her hometown of Washington Heights that center ancestral wisdom, racial equity, healing and building community.

Nico Fonseca

Nico Fonseca

Nico Fonseca is a gender variant disabled fat femme nuyorican from Brooklyn. They’re a cultural worker and brujx with deep commitments to ancestral work, legacy and knowledge and connecting those to political strategies towards liberation. Their pronouns are they, them and papi. They practice healing, resilience and resistance through laughter, dancing and learning from their peoples in struggle.

Cleopatra Acquaye-Reynolds

Cleopatra Acquaye-Reynolds

Cleopatra (aka Cleo aka Cleopatra From The Bronx) is an African-American Femmeboiant Queer who was born, raised, and lived in The Bronx, New York for 28 years. As a first-generation born child of Ghanaian immigrants, education and access has always been a huge focus in Cleopatra’s life and she aims to make both priority issues in all areas of her life. Cleopatra hopes to collapse universes that hold our collective oppression and trauma in effort to make space for truth and new galaxies that build our values of resiliency and abundance. Cleopatra’s pronouns are She, Her, and Sir. She describes her facilitation persona as a Top Femme Daddx. When Cleopatra isn’t organizing, she can be found not finishing her Cosplay* for the comic book convention that is two days away.

Ashley "AG" Green

Ashley "AG" Green

AG is a movement organizer and trainer focused on working at the intersections of racial and economic justice. They are an Atlanta-native, but have spent the last few years invested in growing community power across the state of Florida with the Dream Defenders. This includes campaigns like Kids Not Criminals, focused on ending the school-to-prison pipeline in Hillsborough and Pinellas County. They cut their teeth in movement building as a student organizer at Rollins College, fighting for LGBTQ safety and inclusion on campuses in Central Florida. From there, they had a brief stint as a political organizer, working on local, state, and national campaigns, including the successful campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012. It’s in their work with Dream Defenders, and in the Childs Park community, that they’ve found their greatest sense of purpose. They remain steadfast and committed to building a world where black and brown youth can see their dreams and aspirations fully realized, free from fear of jail cells or the trap of poverty. Ashley is also a life-long lover of comic books and hopes to one day run a Black-centric novelty shop.

Rachel Gilmer

Rachel Gilmer

Rachel Gilmer is a Black feminist organizer with nearly 10 years experience in advocacy, programs, leadership development, research and writing on issues of racial and social justice. Rachel has been with the Dream Defenders since 2015.

Prior to this, Rachel served as the Associate Director of the African American Policy Forum (AAPF). During her time with AAPF, Rachel helped to develop national advocacy and research campaigns to call for the inclusion of women and girls of color in racial justice frameworks organized under the hashtags #BlackGirlsMatter, #SayHerName, #HerDreamDeferred and #WhyWeCant. Through this effort, Rachel helped to establish a national town hall hearing series focused on creating public opportunities for women and girls of color to break the silence on the challenges they face across a range of issues, including criminalization, school pushout, sexual assault, domestic violence and poverty.

Rachel has organized on issues of racial and social justice in a variety of settings, including schools, prisons, community based organizations and government. In 2013, she led a campaign against the forced removal of Portland’s historically Black neighborhoods which resulted in the allotment of 20 million additional dollars towards affordable housing and the establishment of a right of return policy for former residents of the community.

Rachel graduated from Vassar College in 2010 with a degree in American Culture and Africana Studies. As a fourth year student, she received an award for her thesis, a critical analysis of the rise of Barack Obama as both an emerging hero of the African Diaspora and the new face of American hegemonic power. While researching the project, she received a grant to conduct fieldwork in France, where she worked with various civil rights organizations in Paris, studying the impact his presidency has had on Black French people’s view of themselves and America.

Nikki Shaffeeullah

Nikki Shaffeeullah

Nikki Shaffeeullah is a Toronto-based facilitator, director, performer and community-engaged artist who supports people in telling their own stories and facilitates the development of creative communities. Nikki believes art should disrupt the status quo; centre the margins; engage with the ancient; dream of the future; and be for everyone. Her current projects include serving as artistic director of The AMY Project, a devised theatre and arts mentorship program for young women and non-binary youth; associate artistic director of the community arts company Jumblies Theatre, and half of the community-engaged puppetry and music duo Sea Lettuce. She facilitates training for community-engaged artists through programs at Jumblies and AMY and is committed to increased support, training, and resources for community artists who are IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour), particularly those from queer and trans communities. For four years she was editor-in-chief of alt.theatre magazine, Canada’s only professional journal dedicated to the intersections of politics, cultural plurality, social activism, and the stage. She has lead and supported community-engaged theatre and art projects across Canada and internationally. Nikki holds an MFA in Community-Engaged Theatre from the University of Alberta and her thesis Staging Diversity: A Decolonial Praxis of Intercultural Feminist Theatre Creation won the 2013 Canadian Association for Theatre Research in Intercultural Theatre. She is informed by 15+ years of anti-racist organization, 10+ years of feminist and queer organizing; a family who loves music, food, and justice; and an inherited and unshakeable love of puns.

Fellowship Alumni

2014

Arianna Gennis
Kim Huynh

2015

Arianna Gennis
Kim Huynh
Sharmeen Khan
Gio Lopez
Omi Masika

2016

Ileia Burgos
Jeannine Cook
Sharmeen Khan
Gio Lopez
Omi Masika

2017

Cleopatra Acquaye-Reynolds
Naomi Doerner
Nicole Ektnitphong
Nico Fonseca
Rachel Gilmer
Ashley “AG” Green
Heidi Lopez
Nikki Shaffeeullah

Judith C. Jones

Judith C. Jones

This Fellowship is named in honor of TFC Training Elder Judith C. Jones, Ph.D. Also known as “Diva Bear,” Judith worked with Training for Change for over a decade and for years was lead trainer in TFC’s Training for Social Action Trainers and Advanced Training of Trainer workshops. Judith grew up in Philadelphia, received her doctorate in Political Science from Atlanta University, and has taught at Penn State University and at Philadelphia University. Judith is also co-author of “Two Voices from the Front Line: A Conversation about Race in the Classroom,” included in the award winning anthology “Race in the College Classroom,” published by Rutgers University Press. She has led diversity and conflict workshops for a diverse client base and has served as a guide and role model to many TFC Trainers.

This Fellowship is named in honor of TFC Training Elder Judith C. Jones, Ph.D. Also known as “Diva Bear,” Judith worked with Training for Change for over a decade and for years was lead trainer in TFC’s Training for Social Action Trainers and Advanced Training of Trainer workshops. Judith grew up in Philadelphia, received her doctorate in Political Science from Atlanta University, and has taught at Penn State University and at Philadelphia University. Judith is also co-author of “Two Voices from the Front Line: A Conversation about Race in the Classroom,” included in the award winning anthology “Race in the College Classroom,” published by Rutgers University Press. She has led diversity and conflict workshops for a diverse client base and has served as a guide and role model to many TFC Trainers.

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