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AsylumConnect Releases Improved Resource Catalog for LGBTQ Asylum

AsylumConnect Releases Improved Resource Catalog for LGBTQ Asylum By, Katie Sgarro | May 24, 2019   For millions of persecuted LGBTQ people around the world, LGBTQ asylum represents a last chance to finally live freely and authentically. Despite this reality, LGBTQ asylum remains a complex and arduous process. In addition to facing challenges as asylum seekers,…

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Meet a Fellow: Katie Sgarro

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow Katie Sgarro May 21, 2019   Meet Katie, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Katie is the co-founder and president of AsylumConnect, a tech nonprofit providing the first ever digital platform for LGBTQ asylum.  Launched in 2016, AsylumConnect’s flagship product (the “AsylumConnect catalog”) is the first and only resource website and app designed…

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Advances of an energy uprising in Puerto Rico

Advances of an energy uprising in Puerto Rico By, Arturo Massol-Deyá | May 16, 2019 It’s 4:36 AM, time to make coffee. I look briefly at the news in darkness before leaving from San Juan, to the other side of the island where I teach at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus. The weekend’s…

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Meet a Fellow: Arturo Massol-Deyá

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow  Arturo Massol-Deyá May 14, 2019   Meet Arturo, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Arturo Massol-Deyá is the executive director of Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas, a community-based group with 39 years of services in natural resources conservation, education, and sustainable development in Puerto Rico. His parents founded Casa Pueblo and Arturo has continued…

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Macrocosm: Kat Calvin

Roddenberry Fellowship  “Macrocosm” By Kat Calvin | May 13, 2019   I’ve been thinking a lot about Captain Janeway lately. There’s a great Voyager episode (“Macrocosm”) where a giant virus takes over the ship. After the entire crew is taken ill, Janeway alone has to strap up and fight it. It is without a doubt…

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Meet a Fellow: Kat Calvin

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow  Kat Calvin May 10, 2019   Meet Kat, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Kat Calvin is the founder of Spread The Vote, a nonprofit organization that aims to close the gap between registered voters and voter turnout by obtaining government-issued photo IDs, educating, and empowering voters. Today there are about 21 million…

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Fellowship Vlog: Jonathan Lykes

Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and senior policy analyst. He’s the co-founder of Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network (KBCAN.org), founder and co-producer, The Black Joy Experience (@blackjoyexperience), a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), and a 2018 Roddenberry Fellow. For more about Jonathan and his work, check out his bio.…

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Thinking about applying for the Roddenberry Fellowship?

Roddenberry Fellowship 2020   Great! We’re thrilled you’re considering a Fellowship application because that probably means you’re doing badass work to make our country better. (If you’re not — this may not be the right program for you…)   2020 Fellowship Criteria Broadly speaking, the Fellowship is designed to support talented and passionate individuals who…

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Fellowship Vlog: Maddie Hayes

Maddie Hayes is is a North Carolina native and the Director of the Refugee Community Partnership (RCP), where she works with refugee leaders to develop community-driven models for refugee support work in NC. She was part of the inaugural Roddenberry Fellowship 2018 cohort. For more about Maddie and her work, check out her bio. Video…