Stetson Today

A new Racial Justice Fellows pilot program aimed at putting college students at the center of creating systemic racial change is being launched by a coalition of Pinellas County higher education institutions and a non-profit organization.

Eight students will be selected to participate in the pilot program. They will receive up to $2,000 each during the 2021-2022 academic year. Participating institutions include USF’s St. Petersburg campus, St. Petersburg College, Eckerd College and Stetson College of Law.

Together with the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, the organizations formed the St. Petersburg Higher Education Consortium for Racial Justice last year, which is working to dismantle racial hierarchies in the region.

The fellowship program was created to support the consortium’s efforts to create a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Center. Two students will be selected from each of the consortium institutions and work to develop a TRHT center for Pinellas County. Applications are being accepted through September 13. To learn more or apply, students can visit this site.

“The idea for the fellowship started because we wanted to have a strong student voice through the process of creating a consortium for higher education focused on racial justice,” said Caryn Nesmith, director of community relations at USF’s St. Petersburg campus. “Our vision is that it will equip students to advocate for systemic change.”

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