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In 2014, 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.

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2014 Social Justice Fellows

40 sophomores and juniors from schools across MPS were selected to participate in a pilot seminar, Race, Law and Public Policy: Then and Now, which included:

  • Seminars taught by college professors, community leaders and MPS staff
  • A civil rights research tour of significant historical sites in the south
  • Visits to colleges and universities in Alabama and Georgia
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Inaugural SJF Recognition Ceremony

On June 2, 2014, the Social Justice Fellows (SJF) were recognized at a ceremony at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Social Justice Fellows on KMOJ
In the News

The Social Justice Fellows have had the opportunity to share their civil rights tour experience on the local radio stations and in the local print media. 

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Class

As part of the Social Justice Fellows' Program, students attend classes at the Humphrey School, where they learn from University professors and community leaders.

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SJF Kickoff Event

On March 26 we celebrated the start of the Social Justice Fellowship.

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Civil Rights Research Tour

Photo gallery from students on the civil rights trip

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Legacy Keepers

Learn about the organization that coordinated the civil rights tour for the Social Justice Fellows.