Activist in Residence Program

Program Overview

***The Activist in Residence Program is currently on hold*****

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. Sakiera’s project, “Linking Urban Health Disparities in Baltimore City Neighborhoods,” focuses on highlighting the effects of the Hepatitis C virus on individual neighbors in Baltimore City. By utilizing heatmapping software, she captured communities being affected at a significantly higher rate when compared to the state and national averages. Sakiera also shared her project with many local organizations and produced a training manual and several marketing materials. Check her project out below.

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 related to either racial injustice or immigration reform;
  • 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.

Compensation: The Activist in Residence will receive a monthly stipend of $3,000 and manage a project budget of up to $1,500 for expenses to be used over the whole period.

How to Apply: Applications are due by December 15, 2019. Send your completed application by email to with “AIR Application” in the subject line. A completed application must contain:

  • AIR Program Application Form
  • Current Resume
  • Project Proposal
  • Project Budget

The AIR program is intended for individuals starting out in the social justice field rather than established professionals.

The Quixote Center does not discriminate and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. We strongly encourage individuals from all backgrounds (including those of diverse race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation) to apply.

To view and download the application package, click here.

Contact Us

  • Quixote Center
    P.O. Box 1950
    Greenbelt, MD 20768
  • Office: 301-699-0042

Directions to office:

6305 Ivy Lane, Suite 255. Greenbelt, MD 20770

For public transportation: We are located near the Green Belt metro station (green line)