About the Fellowship
2021 marks a shift in the Judith C. Jones Fellowship for Trainers of Color. Read below to learn how this program is evolving.
The JCJ Fellowship is for trainers of color at any level of experience building the power of left and social justice organizations. The 2021 Fellowship centers on one-on-one coaching with a TFC Core Trainer. Coaches nominate eligible Fellows to apply; if accepted, Fellows receive individualized coaching around the craft group facilitation, movement education, and training for social justice movement building. Fellows receive additional learning opportunities with Training for Change, including scholarships and travel stipends to public workshops. Full details below.
Fellowship at a Glance
Individualized Coaching with a TFC Core Trainer. Regular coaching sessions to track your learning goals, create work plans, and reflect on your practice. Coaches are invested in your skill-building and are you primary contact at TFC over the arc of the Fellowship.
Workshop Scholarships. Full scholarships and travel stipends to any 2021 TFC workshop.
Membership in the TFC Trainer Salon. Automatic acceptance into TFC’s new Trainer Salon, where you’ll join other JCJ Fellows and TFC network trainers. Includes group skill-building sessions and peer-to-peer learning among a multiracial group.
To be eligible to be nominated, you must…
- Identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a person of color. Contact us with any questions around identity and eligibility.
- Have attended a Training for Social Action Trainers (TSAT) workshop, or a TSAT-equivalent training.
- Actively practice training or group facilitation in the service of left and social justice movements, organizations, and leaders. Identify a program, workshop, or group facilitation opportunity to focus on during the Fellowship.
- Commit to the Fellowship for one year, up to 5 hours/month during the program, regular attendance and communication with your Coach, and other program requirements (some requirements TBD)
This Fellowship is NOT a good fit for you, if…
- You haven’t attended an in-person TFC workshop or built any relationship with TFC Core Trainers.
- Your training work doesn’t prioritize left and social justice movements, organizations, and leaders.
- You’re looking primarily for admin or marketing support for your own consulting business.
How to Become a Fellow
This year, we’re not using an open application process for the 2021 Fellowship. Core Trainers first nominate trainers they would like to coach; nominees are then invited to apply to the Fellowship in association with their nominating Coach. The 2021 nomination process is closed; check back end of year for updates about the 2022 Fellowship.
If you have any questions about the nomination process or Fellowship overall, contact us here.
Cicia Lee is the Co-Training Director of Momentum, a training institute and movement incubator dedicated to studying and experimenting with popular movements. She grew up in Canada, and is currently based in Boston. Previously, Cicia worked for the Massachusetts Communities Action Network, which organizes congregations around racial and economic justice as a part of the PICO Network. She graduated from Wellesley College, where she spent her time studying feminist economics, political philosophy, and reading Asian-American authors. She is a 3-wing-4 on the enneagram and a taurus.
Kade Cahe, is a first-generation Black Dominican Queer GNC person from the Bronx. Kade dreams, schemes, and acts to dismantle anti-blackness, transphobia, ableism, gender-based violence, the prison industrial complex, and capitalism, to start, while creating radical restorative futures within our communities. You can find Kade as the Member Engagement and Leadership Coordinator at the Audre Lorde Project, an LGBTSTGNC community organizing center in New York City. They also organize through the BYP100 NYC chapter as one of the Healing and Safety co-chairs to bring holistic liberation to all black people. Kade utilizes their background as critical educator, organizer, and leadership trainer, on Swipe it Forward! actions, #SayHerName actions, and when integrating wellness into organizing spaces.
Rashad Jamal Buni (they/them/he/him) is a native Detroiter who is incredibly passionate in technology, social justice, and the intersection of both. Rashad is the Abolition Organizer for Good Jobs Now, leading campaigns on the dismantlement of the prison industrial complex in the city of Detroit and beyond. They joined the Movement for Black Lives after witnessing the active displacement and gentrification experienced by longtime Detroiters. Rashad soon joined the Detroit chapter of BYP 100, who are currently working on a campaign against hyper-surveillance in the city. In addition to growing as a direct action organizer, Rashad aspires to utilize their background in engineering to develop software that empowers activists and community organizers, like projects under Platform Cooperativism.
Samantha Master is a Black queer feminist organizer and educator from PG County, MD. Her work at the intersections of race, gender and LGBTQ justice has been featured in several publications including TheRoot, TheGrio, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the award winning film, The New Black. She is a member of the Black Youth Project 100 and co-leads the #FreeBlackMamasDMV bail out to decarcerate Black mothers who cannot afford bail and reunite them with their families and their communities. Samantha’s passionate about revolutionary communications, training, facilitation, and making biscuits for herself and her people. Follow her on all the things @TheFireNexTime.
Tanya Ferguson currently works as a union organizer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Based in Toronto, Tanya has worked as a community and labour organizer, supporting workers to unionize in Ontario, Michigan and California. Tanya is also a volunteer organizer with Justicia 4 Migrant Workers in Toronto. As a union organizer, a large part of Tanya’s work is training rank and file workers on how they can organizer their co-workers to make changes in their workplace.
Naomi Doerner (2017)
Ashley “AG” Green
Judith C. Jones
This Fellowship is named in honor of TFC Training Elder Judith C. Jones, Ph.D. Also known as “Diva Bear,” Judith worked with Training for Change for over a decade and for years was lead trainer in TFC’s Training for Social Action Trainers and Advanced Training of Trainer workshops. Judith grew up in Philadelphia, received her doctorate in Political Science from Atlanta University, and has taught at Penn State University and at Philadelphia University. Judith is also co-author of “Two Voices from the Front Line: A Conversation about Race in the Classroom,” included in the award winning anthology “Race in the College Classroom,” published by Rutgers University Press. She has led diversity and conflict workshops for a diverse client base and has served as a guide and role model to many TFC Trainers.
This Fellowship was named in honor of Training for Change elder, Judith C. Jones, Ph.D, a.k.a “Diva Bear,” by program founder, Nico Amador. Judith trained with TFC for over a decade, where she led the Training for Social Action Trainers (TSAT) and Advanced Training of Trainer (ADTOT) workshops, facilitated diversity and conflict workshops, and mentored many of our Core Trainers. Judith grew up and currently lives in Philadelphia. She received her doctorate in Political Science from Atlanta University, and is co-author of “Two Voices from the Front Line: A Conversation about Race in the Classroom,” included in the award winning anthology “Race in the College Classroom,” published by Rutgers University Press.