Leadership Fellowship

The RIDES Leadership Fellowship is designed to attract passionate leaders who are committed to achieving equity and integration in American schools. The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare courageous leaders to drive schools, school systems and partnering organizations towards racial and economic diversity. We seek a diverse cohort of applicants who are enthusiastic about bringing their own professional and personal experiences in leading efforts that address race, equity, diversity and inclusion in schools.

The Fellowship is a two-year commitment with our inaugural cohort starting Fall 2018. In the first-year, fellows will focus on the relevant skills for starting, leading, and improving schools, systems, and related organizations in their master's or doctoral programs. Along with their coursework, fellows will engage in skill-development, coaching, networking and research projects focused on diversity, equity and integration, for which they will receive an award of $20,000 during the first year. In the second year, fellows will work in a school, school system or related organization, overseeing high priority initiatives related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Fellows will receive ongoing mentorship and networking opportunities with the larger RIDES community.

Students are eligible to apply if they are enrolling in an HGSE master's program or are matriculating into their second year of the EdLD program. EdLD students will participate in year one of the fellowship program during their second year in EdLD and align year two of the fellowship with their third-year Residency placement.



In the first year, fellows attend seminars to learn the RIDES systemic tools to support integration that complements coursework. Fellows will also receive individualized coaching to support personal development to integrate RIDES work and the coursework to prepare them for the leadership roles they will play in year two of the Fellowship.


As a RIDES team member, fellows will contribute to external projects with school partners or support the development of the RIDES project internally.


By participating in national convenings and local workshops, fellows will build relationships with a community of leaders and school practitioners engaged in this work.


In the second-year, fellows will secure a leadership role in a school, organization, or system to support the development and transformation of schools from the inside-out to become equitable and diverse. Doctoral students enrolled in the EdLD program will align this work with their third-year Residency placement.