St. Olaf establishes George Floyd Fellowship for Social Change
St. Olaf College has committed $100,000 to establish the George Floyd Fellowship for Social Change.
Managed by the Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion, this fellowship will directly support the advancement of Black American students. Students participating in the fellowship will work towards improving the collective experience of marginalized communities with a focus on advancement of social justice and equity. The program will provide fellows with leadership development opportunities, mentoring, and stipends supporting internships or research projects, costs associated with travel to conferences, and educational materials.
The fellowship was established in honor of George Floyd, whose murder has set off national and international waves of protests, education, self-reflection, calls for action, and systemic change. Members of the St. Olaf community who are inspired to contribute to this action step at St. Olaf may contact the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The George Floyd Fellowship will be coordinated by the Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion, which aims to foster an inclusive environment across the intersections of race and identity that students bring to St. Olaf.
Director of the Taylor Center of Equity and Inclusion María PabónWe are part of one of the strongest movements this country has seen.
“We are part of one of the strongest movements this country has seen. We owe it to our students and communities not only to acknowledge the racism that infects our schools, neighborhoods, and other institutions, but also actively to work to be part of the movement and change. We know Oles can and Oles will!” says Director of the Taylor Center of Equity and Inclusion María Pabón.
The George Floyd Fellowship will be available for rising juniors and seniors. Further details, such as start date and how to apply, are still in development.