Women’s Fellowship

What is Women’s Fellowship?

The Women’s Fellowship is an annual 12-month program that builds the leadership of formerly incarcerated women of color, or those directly impacted by incarceration and the criminal justice system.

Its goal is to equip women leaders with the tools they need to engage in strategic discussions and partnerships to shape policy decisions and establish how power is attained and wielded at home, work and their communities.

Through training and political education sessions, the program aims to support justice-involved women so they can envision themselves out of their current realities and craft an agenda that is for and by them.

For the inaugural pilot, Community Change has selected 10 fellows.

How do I apply?

The deadline for ​applying for the women’s fellowship​ is Monday, August 10th, 2020. Click here for application instructions.


Arisdelci Gonzalez ​

Phoenix, AZ

Living United for a Change in Arizona (LUCHA) / United We Dream

Elizabeth Ruiz Reyes

Vancouver, WA


Genesis Shine

Columbus, OH

The Freedom BLOC

Laurie Palmer

Portland, OR

Residents Organizing for Change (ROC)

Marlené Mercado

Sacramento, CA

The Peoples Revolution for Sacramento

Mia Francis

Hogansburg, NY

Independent First Nations

Robin D. Turner

Cleveland, OH

Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC)

Rosa Velázquez

Little Rock, AK

Arkansas United

Rosemary Rivera

Albany, NY

Citizens Action NY

Shamekia White

Plano, TX

Texas Organizing Project (TOP)

Veronica Torres


Puente Human Impact

Willette Benford

Chicago, IL

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