September 3, 2021
By Joe Opaleski, The St Petersburg Catalyst
A consortium of local colleges, universities and the Foundation for a Healthy St. Pete is seeking eight students to help fight racial hierarchies in Pinellas County.
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College, Stetson College of Law and The University of South Florida St. Petersburg make up the participating schools, and the consortium is selecting two students from each to serve as fellows during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Julie Rocco, director of strategic investments for the foundation, says the main focus of these fellowships will be working through social issues with a racial justice lens, especially in regards to participants’ own lives and experiences. “It will be a journey of self reflection,” she said.
Fellows will be required to participate in seven approved “activities, events or discussions” having to do with race equity during the academic year, as well as a relevant six-week internship during the summer of 2022. They will earn up to $2,000 each while working in the program, made possible by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Pete via a grant.
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