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In 2014, Ms. Lawrencina Oramalu Director of  the Office of Equity and Diversity (E&D) partnered with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program, the Office of College and Career Readiness, and the Social Studies Department to develop a pilot pipeline program designed to prepare a cohort of Social Justice Fellows who will use their knowledge, skills and passion to positively impact their community now and in the future. 

The Social Justice Fellow  project was designed to:

  • Support the District’s vision of every child being college and career  ready
  • Increase student’s social and political consciousness about civil rights  issues of the past and today
  • Build a strong sense of cultural identity and self-confidence
  • Develop a pipeline for social justice/public policy leaders
  • Inspire college aspiration and exploration and promote a commitment to academic excellence
  • Expose students to individuals, organizations and programs that will assist  them in successfully applying to and graduating from college
  • Provide student leadership and community service opportunities

In 2015 the second Social Justice Fellows Cohort was established, this time, with the addition of Social Justice Ambassadors.

Now we are poised to lauch the 3rd Cohort of 2016 Social Justice Fellows. This year we are working in collaboration with the West Metro Education Program (WMEP)  and their  Civil Rights Research Experience (CRRE)  to enrich the experience of MPS students.

The Social Justice Fellows Civil Right Research Experience (CRRE) has 3 aspects.

1. Civil Rights Research Institute: Theory - Preparation sessions provide background knowledge of early civil rights through the contemporary day. Additionally, this tour will have an economic empowerment focus with our theme Ujamaa-Cooperatve Economics.  Students will research and examine historical and current events through multiple perspectives, making room for voices typically missing in classrooms. This will take place over 5 Saturday Morning sessions prior to the trip.

Participants will need to attend 4 of the 5 sessions to be able to go on the Tour

2. Civil Rights Research Tour - Through experiential learning, students continue their research through visits to historical sites and museums, participation in a mobile classroom, interviews of past and present civil rights activists and participation in experiences. Students create resources for classrooms through documentary and micro-content work. This will take place during the MPS Spring Break, students will travel to the East Coast on chartered bus.

3. Civil Rights Research Institute: Action - Students hone presentation and communication skills as they present to a number of groups including administration, school board members, educators and community members. This will take place over 2 Saturdays Morning sessions after the tour.

Selection Social Justice Fellows must submit an application, download Application PDF below.  See application for details and dates.


·         Application Due: Friday, January 15th

·         Selected Social Justice Fellows will be notified be email by Monday January 25th

·         Those selected must confirm participation by Friday, January 29th

·         All selected Social Justice Fellows and parents/ guardians must attend an informational meeting on Thursday February 4th 6:30-8:00 p.m.

See application for more detailed information. If you have questions, contact:

Lanise Block, 612.668.0027, Lanise.Block@mpls.k12.mn.us

Maria Roberts, 612.668.0856, Maria.Roberts@mpls.k12.mn.us