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.


This placement is with MassVOTE. MassVOTE works on a nonpartisan basis to increase voter registration, education, and participation in historically underrepresented communities in Massachusetts.

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Proposed responsibilities include:

  • Participating in voter registration drives throughout Greater Boston. Fellow will be trained on how to approach and register voters. Fellow will also be training other organizations and individuals on how to register people to vote.
  • Working on or election reform policies. We are working on number of pieces of election legislation including bills like pre-registration (allowing 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote before they turn 18), online voter registration, and election-day registration. Fellow will visit State House and talk to legislators and their staffs about the benefits of our legislation. If legislation passes in early 2015 students will work on implementation of the new laws.
  • Small projects as agreed upon with mentor in areas such as policy, coalition building, fundraising, and communications.
  • Other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor