WHAT IS THE CUE FELLOWSHIP?
The CUE Fellows program offers a rare opportunity for us to come together and learn, build, and activate a strategy for racial equity for our city. Through this program, you will:
Learn from change movements across the country, including racial equity tools that you can apply right away.
Meet people with different types of power in Chicago -- across organizing, researching and reporting, funding, or making decisions that will affect us all.
Practice making change with a team that supports you. Imagine a braintrust of 29 other Chicagoans who have been trying to solve the same types of problems as you -- and working with them to tackle those problems. That's what CUE is about.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Fellows will be selected through a three step process:
Step 1: Written Application
At this stage, we want to learn more about you and why you are interested in the fellowship. Priority deadline applicants who are advanced to the next round will receive receive their first choice workshop dates.
Additionally, CUE's model is built to facilitate smart collaboration. Applying by the priority deadlines allows us to review your project early, identify strong project partners, and in the case that your project does not have any potential partners in the priority pool, CUE will work to recruit strong project partners by the regular deadline.
Deadline: Monday, September 30th at 11:59 PM CST
Step 2: In-Person Interview Day
We'll ask you to join us for in-person interviews to learn more about us, as we learn more about you. You will have the opportunity to indicate any dates with which you have a conflict on your application and will be assigned a date for the in-person interviews.
Option 1: Thursday, October 10th from 9 am - 2 pm
Option 2: Saturday, October 19th from 9 am - 2 pm
Step 3: Equity Project Proposal
At the final stage, we will ask you to share what issue of equity you would like to tackle as a CUE Fellow.
Final Fellows will be notified by November 30, 2019.
HOW DO YOU EVALUATE APPLICATIONS?
In the first round, applications are evaluated based on:
Commitment: Candidate's demonstrated commitment to racial equity, as evidenced by prior actions.
Impact: Individuals who carry the potential for high-impact on the cohort and/or organizations that have the potential for high-impact on the city as a whole.
Quality of Project: While we expect the specifics of the project concept to evolve, we are looking for project ideas that have the potential to serve as effective models for wider citywide reform efforts.
Applications receive a name-blind review by at least two evaluators in our selection team, made up of CUE community members. These evaluators come from a vareity of isssue areas and experiences. They evaluate impact and project potential based on their own experiences in the field as well as community feedback from the Vote Equity Project.
HOW CAN I SAVE MY APPLICATION?
Applicants are encouraged to view the Application Questions document to save their responses first. The online application does not allow you to save your responses, so be prepared to put your answers into the application in one sitting.
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
Fellows are expected to attend one full-day workshop every month for 9 months. These will start in January and continue through September, with most training dates on the first Friday of every month. Fellows are also expected to complete two Equity Projects:
Organizational Equity Project: Fellows must complete a project to increase equity inside an organization that they spend time at as either an employee or a dedicated volunteer. In the past, Fellows have launched Equity Teams, reviewed hiring practices, or changed how they evaluate programs, policies, or legislation in the past.
Citywide Equity Project: Fellows will work together to develop a collaborative citywide project through our nine months. In the past, this has included conducting town halls on equity issues, conducting community-based Racial Equity Impact Assessments, or hosting workshops for community learning.
IS THERE A COST TO THIS PROGRAM?
Fellows are not expected to cover the cost of this program. However, host organizations are expected to commit a sponsorship fee based on a sliding scale that ranges from $500 to $8500, depending on the organization's budget.
We know that some Fellows may not be able to cultivate financial support from their host organizations, so scholarships are available to ensure that no qualified applicant is turned away due to their host organization's financial limitations.
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