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Open House for UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship

We are excited to announce the UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship for UU Young Adults and Black, Indigenous, and people of color Unitarian Universalists. This Fellowship recognizes and supports leaders in our faith community who carry on the legacy of activism and organizing that embody our faith through justice organizing and activism.

We know many UUs dedicate their time to policy advocacy, community organizing, voter registration, or mobilizing communities around the ballot initiatives that reflect our values. UU the Vote wants to support your work and your leadership. Whether it’s work you’re already doing or a new project you’ve been dreaming about, the UU the Vote Fellowship can help take your leadership to the next level. 
It is a shared project of the UUA’s Organizing Strategy Team and UUSC’s College of Social Justice. The fellowship is a 6-month program (July-November) that will recognize 6 to 8 individuals to support your work and expand your skills and capacity. Fellows will be awarded $5,000 with an additional $1,500 project budget.

Get started on your application today!

Fellowship Tracks

The success of UU the Vote was the result of leaders engaging in multiple strategies and tactics to support our UU and larger communities. Our success was defined by partnerships with frontline communities and organizations–many of which are led-by and organized young adults and BIPOC communities. The UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship is an investment in that leadership.

Applications will be accepted for projects relating to one or more of the categories below.

Field & Community Organizing: Projects in this category will engage strategies and tactics that help develop community leaders, base-build, mobilize supporters, and build deeper political analysis among community members or organizational membership.

Communications & Narrative Strategy: Projects in this category will engage strategies and tactics that amplify the stories, experiences, and analysis of YA and BIPOC folx as it relates to electoral justice, democracy, and/or building political power.

Art & Cultural Organizing: Projects in this category will engage strategies and tactics that support the spiritual and creative needs of the community as well as use art and creative expression as a tool for political action.

Application Process & Open House

If you are between the ages of 18 and 35 and/or identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color, please consider applying. If you know someone that would be a great candidate, please share this information with them.

We are hosting a UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship Open House on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00pm ET/4pm PT. This will be a short 45-minute informational event where you will be able to meet the Fellowship Committee and ask questions about the program and application process.

UU leaders interested in the fellowship can apply between May 24 and June 15.

  • Applications include:
  • Description of a concrete and time-specific organizing project with activities and clear outcomes in 2022
  • Recommendations from fellow Unitarian Universalists or frontline organization
  • Short track record of engaging in electoral justice or other organizing efforts

For more information about tracks and application criteria, visit our webpage about the Fellowship.

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview with the Fellowship Committee in late June. Finalists will be invited to a mandatory orientation in early July. Fellowship events and convenings are completely virtual.

In faith,
Nicole Pressley
Deva Jones
JaZahn Hicks
UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship Committee

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From our work for marriage equality, women’s suffrage, the abolition of slavery, for civil and voting rights, to advocating for a path to citizenship for immigrants, to taking on the ‘New Jim Crow’ and white supremacy today.

Unitarian Universalists have a legacy to carry onward.

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