Black Student Leadership Fellowship

Black Student Leadership group

Black Student Leadership Fellowship

The Black Student Leadership Fellowship was a year-long program combining a retreat, ongoing scholarly & professional development, mentorship, and a summer internship in a local organization for the purposes of:

  • Creating a cohesive and strong body of student leaders
  • Enhancing personal growth & capacity to create change
  • Developing supportive relationships with community mentors
  • Networking among aspiring student leaders
  • Participating in a paid fellowship with an organization & leader of students’ choice

The fellowship was designed by and supported through BASE (the Black Achievement, Success, and Engagement Initiative). BASE offers dynamic academic and co-curricular programs to eradicate barriers to the achievement, success, and engagement of Black students at USF.  The Black Leadership Fellowship initiative was a new and critical effort to catapult Black students to the next level of their careers through networking, mentorship & leadership skill development.  Through the year-long fellowship, ten sophomore student leaders networked, sustained, & further developed their leadership skills in a two-day leadership retreat and a series of workshops on self-reflection, personal growth, change, & building leadership capacity. 

The fellowship curriculum on leadership, combined with the direct practical experience of community engagement, built Black students’ capacities to implement a sustainable praxis that combines social analysis and action. Students learned explicitly through practices informed by Ignatian spirituality, guiding them to determine the intersections of their own faith traditions, the urgent social issues and needs of our community, and their individual gifts and talents.

  • Black Resource Center
  • Black Living-Learning Residential Community
  • Black Scholars Program
  • Campus Housing
  • Individual faculty and staff (mentors)

The Black Student Leadership Fellowship integrated cura personalis, magis, and a faith that does justice. The program attended to the holistic development of Black students, including the cultivation of scholarly and professional skills, development of reflective practice, construction of a support network on and off campus, and funding to pay for students’ housing and living expenses during the summer. 

Summer 2022

  • Summer Fellowship  

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

  • Personal Growth and Leadership Development Workshops 

Fall 2021

  • Fellowship Launch 

May 2021

  • Application Deadline 

Spring 2021

  • Development of Program Components & Application Process 

November 2020

  • Recruit local leaders and summer placement opportunities