Whole Communities Fellowship

Welcome Whole Communities Fellows

Meet the 2019 cohort of change-makers, artists and activists!

The Whole Communities Fellowship convenes and supports community leaders and activists whose work lives at the intersections of Justice and Environment – Land and People.  The Fellowship is a 12-month commitment that consists of: two in-person retreats, individual coaching, independent study and monthly virtual practice spaces. Our current fellowship is underway, Applications for the 2020 fellowship cohort will open in November 2019. 

The fellowship serves leaders who:

  • Are seeking to transform the world by dismantling the systems that perpetuate injustice.
  • Yearn to connect with land and cultivate practice-based approaches to transformative change work.
  • Believe that our shared work for justice and the environment requires inner change as well as outward change.
  • Welcome being part of a diverse, multi-sector, multiracial cohort
  • See themselves as active learners and seek to be in a learning community
  • See themselves as change agents working with large and small organizations, and/or working directly with communities.
  • Can commit to devoting the necessary time to be fully engaged in the fellowship

The Fellowship Experience will  include:

  • Two 3-5 day in-person retreats with an incredible group of leaders that will build and strengthen relationships, and develop your leadership capacity using CWC’s Transformative Practices of Awareness, Story, Working with Difference and Dialogue
  • Personalized coaching with the CWC Team of Facilitators and Coaches
  • Collaborating and learning in a community of practice with your cohort both in-person and virtually
  • Introduction to, and  practice with the Whole Measures engagement framework for participatory planning and measurement
  • Access to CWC’s vibrant networks of alumnae/i and partners across the country.                                           

About Whole Communities’ Approach

Our Purpose: Center for Whole Communities exists to cultivate transformative leadership that weaves together and strengthens movements for justice and the environment.

We understand that the problems facing our planet and it’s people are inextricably interwoven and our movements must reflect that reality and encourage cross collaboration and partnership. With this in mind we will look to recruit individuals who are approaching change in diverse ways and who represent a diversity of sectors. Including but not limited to environmental justice, arts and cultural organizing, health, social work, youth leadership, conservation, environmental policy, urban planning, economic and social justice, policy and land sovereignty.

Identity and diversity: We are committed to a truly diverse cohort. We will prioritize self-identified people of color and indigenous leaders,Trans and gender non-conforming individuals, women identified and LGBTQ leaders. People of Color will make up at least 60% of the cohort.

Age: We value the opportunity for intergenerational exchange and learning and are seeking participants of all ages.

Geography: The 2019 WCF will include place-based retreats in the Northeast and Southwest regions of the United States. The cohort of  fellows will include strong representation from these regions as well as leaders from across the country. The relationship to, and history of land, place and culture in each of these places will be an emphasis of the fellowship curriculum.

Fellowship Cost: Through the generous support of Angell Foundation, Hidden Leaf Foundation and the incredible individuals who support our work each year, and the meaningful support of well resourced organizations in our network, we are able to offer this fellowship program to individuals free of charge.

Travel Costs: Participants are asked to cover travel expenses to retreats either personally or through their community and/or organization. There will be travel assistance available through our WCF Program Fund to help cover these costs as needed.

Time Commitment: The fellowship includes two 5 day in-person retreats. In addition to participating in both retreats, fellows will be expected to commit 5-10 hours a month for individual practice, coaching calls and virtual cohort practice spaces (group Zoom calls, peer to peer work, coaching, and preparatory work) organized by CWC.