Wilkins Community Fellows Program
The Roy Wilkins Community Fellows program is an intensive one-week boot camp that provides individuals and nonprofit organizations serving Minneapolis communities of color an introduction to policy analysis and methods of evaluation to assess the effectiveness of programs specifically targeted at those communities. The annual workshop is led by Professor Samuel Myers, director of the Roy Wilkins Center for Social Justice and Human Relations at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Dr. Myers assists the fellows in developing skills to help them conduct high-quality, objective policy analysis—while keeping race and ethnicity at the center of the conversation.
When analyzing a policy, some researchers might simply ask, “Does it work?” The Wilkins Community Fellows are challenged to go further and ask, “Does this policy work for communities of color?”
The workshop covers the following topics:
- What is policy analysis?
- Problem structuring
- Equity v. Efficiency
- Writing policy memoranda
- Final presentations
The fellowship program, which began in 2014, was developed by the Roy Wilkins Center in partnership with the Minneapolis Foundation.
The 2016 program took place July 11–15.
Fellows are selected through a competitive process, and there is no cost to attend the workshop, which includes reading materials, parking, light breakfast, and lunch.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted in the spring, several weeks before the workshop takes place.
Applicants must submit a completed application form and a statement of interest. Applicants must obtain approval from their employer to participate in this workshop if accepted.
Applicants are notified of the final decision via email about a month before the workshop takes place.