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Racial Equity Fellowships

​Racial Equity Graduate Research Fellowship

Stay tuned for Call for Proposals Fall 2021​

The Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and the Center for Black Diaspora are pleased to announce, Laronda Wilson, as the recipient of its inaugural Racial Equity Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship supports African-American graduate students in conducting focused, community-based research on efforts to promote racial equity in Chicago. Laronda's research will focus on advancing solutions to police violence targeting Black Lives, on policies that counter systemic racism, and on efforts to positively transform institutions that condone white supremacy.

About Laronda Wilson

Laronda Wilson

Laronda Wilson is a DePaul graduate student pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Public Policy focused on the intersection of policy and law. Her professional goal is to become a Civil Rights Attorney. She strives to address social issues such as poverty, crime, social inequality, employment, education, economic justice, political corruption, and more. She is a passionate racial justice advocate in the African American community and dedicated to making a change in our economy and society for everyone.

“The fight is not just being able to keep breathing. The fight is actually to be able to walk down the street with your head held high — and feel like I belong here, or I deserve to be here, or I just have [a] right to have a level of dignity. " — Alicia Garza, civil rights activist, co-founder of Black Lives Matter movement, 2015 

​​​​​About Kimberly Fair

Kim fair

Kimberly Fair is a Public Policy graduate student and Winter 2021 Chaddick Scholar. She has a deep passion for economic policy and how it can be used to tackle poverty in the US. Her area of interest is developing policy programs at the state and municipal level to alleviate poverty for distressed black communities. She has a genuine love for helping others and wants to dedicate her life’s work to eliminating poverty. In addition to her academic life, she is  a wife, mother, and avid swimmer