Activist in Residence Program
Since our founding in 1976, Quixote Center has served as a training center for young activists of vision, energy, and talent. Many of our former team members have gone on to do amazing things including founding their own organizations or spin-off their work at the Center into independent projects. The Activist in Residence (AIR) program celebrates this tradition by offering an intensive experience for emerging social justice leaders interested in carrying out innovative work.
Each summer, we will invite one successful applicant to be our Activist in Residence. Over three months, the activist will dedicate half their full-time work to a project of their choosing and half their time to learning the nuts and bolts of how nonprofits and organizing work. A wide range of project types are considered, and projects can address any social or structural injustice. Because this is a residency, you should be able to work on some aspect of the project from the Center in College Park, Maryland.
Program Duration: June – September (with some flexibility on dates)
Activities: The AIR will manage their personal project based on their proposal but will also be responsive to mentoring and conversation with other team members. The activist will be involved in the day-to-day operations of the Quixote Center and its programs. The AIR is expected to work full-time, primarily at the Center’s main office on a Monday – Friday schedule, and participate in weekly staff meetings and other work of the Center.
2019 Activist in Residence – Sakiera Malone
Sakiera is a proud Maryland native who has spent the last several years working for nonprofits across the state. Her interest in helping others grew through her time spent at St. John’s University where community service played a significant role in her decision to go into the nonprofit sector. In 2013 she started out as an AmeriCorps Community Organizer working with underserved communities in Baltimore City and since then has supported programs at organizations such as Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc., The Work First Foundation and the Maryland Food Bank.
The project, “Linking Urban Health Disparities in Baltimore City Neighborhoods,” will focus on highlighting the effects of the Hepatitis C virus on individual neighbors in Baltimore City. By utilizing heatmapping software, we will capture communities being affected at a significantly higher rate when compared to the state and national averages. Carefully crafted outreach material will then be deployed to local institutions within those neighborhoods who work in the space of human services. By doing so, we hope to encourage awareness among the local population, remove the stigma associated with the virus, and provide accessible visual data and resources. Click here to view the website for Sakiera’s project.
If you want to apply for summer 2020
Who should apply? The successful applicant will meet all of the following criteria:
- Demonstrated concern for social justice issues;
- Able to commit to a 3-month residency period, during which you will work onsite in our College Park, Maryland office;
- Can clearly articulate a project that can be carried out over the term of the residency.
The AIR program is intended for individuals starting out in the social justice field rather than established professionals.
More information on summer 2020 is forthcoming. Check back for updates.