The goal of the Russlynn Ali Summer Fellowship is to support people of color entering policy and advocacy leadership by laying the foundation for current and future policymakers, researchers, advocates, and promising African American, Latinx, Asian American or Pacific Islander and Native American or Indigenous educators to become lifelong leaders within California’s P-16 education ecosystem. From June through August, Fellows will gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics of the current California landscape through a cohort experience and will work on a project with an ETW team to advance educational equity and racial justice issues. All Fellows must have a passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students of color and low-income students, and the belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them.
Applications are now closed for the 2021 cohort of Russlynn Ali Summer Fellows.
“I learned to connect the inequities faced by marginalized people to actionable goals that make meaningful change through policy reform and advocacy. I think being an effective leader within California’s system requires an understanding of the entire system. ETW is aware of the history of the education system and the key actors. In identifying the important factors ETW creates a strategy for advocating for change. I learned that as a leader it is important for me to act with intention and strategy down to refining what personal core values motivate my desire to continue to lead within the P-16 education system.”
Darielle Blevins, Early Learning Fellow, Summer 2019
The Education Trust-West is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself!
Mission: The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for the educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. We work alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of reform strategies intended to reduce and eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our P-16 education system can better serve all students. To learn more, please visit edtrustwest.org.
Location: Oakland, CA or remote
Salary: $22.66 per hour
Start date: June/July 2021 for a term of 8-10 weeks