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The Education Trust (Ed Trust) is excited to launch our Justice Fellows Policy Program, a vibrant and nurturing community of practice of directly impacted, formerly incarcerated individuals. The Justice Fellows will use their experience and hard-earned expertise to inform, review, amplify, and reflect on Ed Trust’s policy recommendations for justice-impacted students. Additionally, Justice Fellows will inform and guide Ed Trust’s structured engagements and convenings at the intersection of higher education policy and the criminal legal system.
Ed Trust looks to invite six individuals who are formerly incarcerated or directly impacted to serve as Justice Fellows for the inaugural cohort. People who have been incarcerated or are directly impacted include those who have been confined in a jail, prison, or detention camp, those with arrests and/or convictions but no incarceration, and those with only a juvenile record. Individuals do not need to have a college education or have taken college courses. However, they must have a strong desire to gain and develop higher education policy skills, and a passion for providing directly impacted individuals with access to higher education. Early-career professionals who are formerly incarcerated or directly impacted are also eligible to apply. “Early career” means not having more than five years of professional experience advocating on issues at the intersection of higher education policy and the criminal legal system.
Justice Fellows will need to commit to an estimated 100 total hours for the duration of the program, or ten hours per month. Justice Fellows will be provided a $30,000 stipend for their participation and are expected to engage in the activities mentioned above, as well as writing op-eds, presenting at Ed Trust convenings, reviewing and co-authoring publications, providing interviews, providing technical assistance, and attending monthly professional development meetings.
If you fit the above criteria, we strongly encourage you to apply! Justice Fellows will be selected based on their interests, experience, and program fit. If accepted, we will formalize your participation through executing a Memorandum of Understanding (contract) with The Education Trust, committing to the aforementioned activities and expectations. Please note, Ed Trust will provide Fellows with a laptop and resources for internet service.