). Racial and Ethnic Diversity


Select a topic or issue surrounding civil liberties, civil rights, or human rights. Write a fellowship application to a foundation or an organization for a 1-year fellowship. Describe in 150-200 words your desire to research the intersection of power and human rights. You will need to incorporate either de jure segregation or de facto segregation into your application and how your selected form of segregation has impacted your topic. You may want to include portions of a diversity statement if you feel that you might need to write one in the future. You may write your fellowship application to any foundation or organization.

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1) Detail why your particular topic or issue should be researched. Why are you passionate about this topic? Explain how you hope to engage in work around antiracism, inclusion, accessibility, and/or equity throughout the fellowship. How has de jure segregation or de facto segregation impacted your topic or issue? Optional: How can we become not just allies, but co-conspirators to each other’s plight?

2) Write 3 research questions that you would like to answer by the end of your fellowship?

3) Include at least 2 citations.

Scribbr. (2020, January 2). How to Develop a STRONG Research Question | Scribbr.YouTube.[Video].

https://youtu.be/71-GucBaM8U (Links to an external site.)

Sample Topics/Issues:





Gender identity

Gender expression

Sexual orientation

Sexual preference


LGBTQ+ rights

Disability (visible & invisible)


Intersecting identities



Suggested Reading

Center for Houston’s Future. (2019). Houston’s Economic Future: Immigration.https://www.centerforhoustonsfuture.org/immigration2019 (Links to an external site.)

First Nations Development Institute. (2018, June 4). Reclaiming Native Truth Call to Action.YouTube.[Video].

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV-ZIX5Au1s&t=2s (Links to an external site.)

Fischer, J. (2021, March 2). Domestic terrorism is ‘metastasizing’ across the country, FBI director says in Capitol riot testimony. WUSA9. https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/national/capitol-riots/domestic-terrorism-is-metastasizing-across-the-country-fbi-director-says-in-testimony-on-capitol-riot-oath-keepers-antifa-militia-proud-boys/65-d0cef137-9c47-4882-b9c2-62fd7019f291 (Links to an external site.)

Ford Foundation. (2016, October 26). #InequalityIs: Tiffany You on inequity and disability. YouTube.[Video].

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsAUbYd5xso (Links to an external site.)

Gonzalez-Barrerra, A. & Hugo Lopez, M. (2020, July 22). Before COVID-19, many Latinos worried about their place in America and had experienced discrimination. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/07/22/before-covid-19-many-latinos-worried-about-their-place-in-america-and-had-experienced-discrimination/ (Links to an external site.)

Hillyer, Q. (2021, March 1). Some racial grievance mongers should take chill pills. Washington Examiner. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/some-racial-grievance-mongers-should-take-chill-pills?_amp=true&__twitter_impression=true (Links to an external site.)

Man, J. (2021, June 2). How to write a Diversity Statement & Samples. https://diversity.social/diversity-statement/ (Links to an external site.)

The Broken News. (2020, June 3). Trevor Noah explains how society has broken its social contract on Black America. YouTube.[Video].

https://youtu.be/QSyPy9vdA_s (Links to an external site.)

(You may want to search YouTube for the original social contract video by Kimberly Jones. Please note that the original video may contain explicit language.)

U.S. Census Bureau. (2021, August 12). Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the United States: 2010 Census and 2020 Census. https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/racial-and-ethnic-diversity-in-the-united-states-2010-and-2020-census.html


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