Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Institute for Policy Studies

This placement is with The Institute for Policy Studies - New England Office (IPS-NE). IPS-NE is home to the Program on Inequality & the Common Good, which focuses on the dangers that growing income inequality poses for U.S. democracy, economic health and civic life.

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Proposed responsibilities include:

  • Directly supporting IPS work on wealth inequality, and on community resilience and equity
  • Researching student debt, the estate tax, increasing concentration of wealth, and tax policy
  • Supporting the Egleston Farmers Market including writing a report about issues of race and class at the farmers market
  • Engaging small businesses and investors on the Enterprise Hub
  • Helping to design and coordinate the Community Leaders Fellowship, which is developing a curriculum and handbook on issues of race and class
  • Serving as a liaison between JP Net and the Equity Collaborative
  • Blogging for JP NET including posts about your reflections on your work at IPS
  • Interviewing IPS staff to create a handbook on how to conduct successful JP Forum events
  • Disseminating information about the Boston Food Forest Coalition and the Boylston Public Art Corridor
  • Helping to organize community-building events and providing logistical support during the events
  • Other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor