The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning offers a year-long fellowship for University of Michigan undergraduate juniors and seniors. The Community Leadership Fellows program seeks to provide students an opportunity to apply their existing leadership experience, community-based work, and classroom learning to a project that directly addresses community impact areas.
Projects will be determined by the interests and previous experiences of each fellow, and informed by community-identified needs which will be addressed using a collective impact approach. Fellows participate in ongoing leadership development training and mentorship, connect as a cohort, and engage in critically reflective practice throughout the program. Upon successful completion of fellowship goals and expectations, each Ginsberg Fellow will be awarded a $1,000 stipend at the end of both the Fall and Winter semesters (stipend will be taxed).
Who: Undergraduate junior and senior students interested in addressing community-identified needs and furthering their leadership learning.
Time Commitment: Each fellow commits to 8-10 hours a week for both the Fall and Winter semesters, including regular meetings with their assigned mentor and bi-weekly cohort meetings.
Application: The application is currently available on M-Compass, and is due April 21, 2020. Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant's interests, demonstrated commitment to leadership development and community engagement, and strength of written application.
Please contact the Fellows advisor, Danyelle Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the typical week look like for a Community Leadership Fellow?
Each fellow is expected to commit 8-10 hours a week for the program. This would include office hours, working onsite with their placement site, meetings with their fellows mentor, and bi-weekly fellows cohort meetings. At the beginning of the term, each fellow will work with their fellowship site and the fellows advisor to determine their schedule, informed by their course and work schedules.
How will we decide what project I will be working on?
As fellows begin their experience, they will meet multiple times with their fellows mentor and fellows advisor to determine a project, or multiple projects. The project will be informed by community-identified needs, fellow's interests, and previous experiences. Each project is student-led and will require some comfort with ambiguity, taking initiative, and ability to be flexible with changing community needs.
At what sites will Fellows be placed?
The Ginsberg Center is proud to work with campus and community organizations that align with our mission to create social change for the common good. Past fellows' sites have included:
- The Washtenaw Housing Alliance
- Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
- Student Advocacy Center
- Food Gatherers
- The CivCity Initiative
- 826 Michigan
- Washtenaw County Public Health
- Avalon Housing
Fellows will be placed with an organization based on their interests, strengths, and the needs of partner organizations.
What are past projects that have been completed?
In the past, fellows have focused on increasing community capacity with the Ginsberg Center and campus partners. Previous fellows have:
- Coordinating program assessment initiatives to inform organizational effectiveness and impact
- Create and facilitate trainings for community members and clients
- Coordinate communication strategies for policy advocacy, including press releases, newsletters, and community meetings
- Conduct research, and publish findings, on diversity of elected bodies across Washtenaw County
What is it like to be in the cohort?
In line with the principles of the Ginsberg Center, learning is best done in community with others. The fellows program uses a cohort model in which the learning and growth that fellows receive is mutual and connected. Fellows are responsible for their own development and are expected to contribute to the learning, growth, and support of their cohort-mates. In the bi-weekly meetings, different aspects of community engagement and leadership will be explored through activities, presentations, and critical reflection.
For more information about the fellowship positions and an overview of the application, please check out our page on M-Compass.
Past Community Engagement Leadership Fellows: