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Racial Justice and Religion Fellow

The Aspen Institute
Washington, DC 20037
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The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

Launched by the Aspen Institute in 2012, the Inclusive America Project (IAP) envisions a world in which diverse religious communities and non-believers engage each other in beneficial ways, maintain their distinct identities, and thrive and defend each others' right to thrive. We work to understand, strengthen, and connect the foundational components that need to be in place in order for religious diversity to arrive at religious pluralism. We view pluralism not as merely side-by-side tolerance of the other, but rather robust engagement based on an understanding and respect for our differences coupled with a mutual commitment towards the common good.

When talking about pluralism, we cannot, and should not, ignore race. Our developing framework for religious pluralism is that religious pluralism requires multiple components in order to thrive. Each of the component parts of religious pluralism is itself a complex, multi-sectoral area of work. And race is deeply intertwined with all these component areas, from Hate Crime Prevention to Diversity and Representation in Media.

In the wake of resurgent Black Lives Matter protests across the country, conversations about racial justice and equity have been taking place at local and national levels, across many sectors of society. While many individuals and organizations across religious traditions have a strong history of anti-racism work, there is much more that can be done at the specific intersection of racial justice and religious pluralism. The Racial Justice and Religion Fellow will meet this opportunity by connecting leaders who are doing this work around the country, investigating and promoting best practices, and deepening IAP's hypothesis of religious pluralism by incorporating a racial justice lens.

The IAP Fellowship Program:

IAP Fellows produce and contribute to original scholarship on religious pluralism and its component parts and inform our programming efforts. IAP currently supports the work of two fellows: IAP Fellow for Religious Freedom Asma T. Uddin, a religious freedom lawyer and author, and IAP Fellow for Religious Literacy and Competency Brie Loskota, Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.

This fall, we are opening a third fellowship position: IAP Fellow for Racial Justice and Religion. This Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a Racial Justice and Religion Task Force; produce scholarship on religion and racial justice, contribute to our racial justice-focused programming, and/or critically interrogate, refine, and deepen our initial hypothesis of religious pluralism and the place of racial justice in this hypothesis.

The portfolio will include:

  • Identifying innovative leaders working at the intersection of religion and racial justice, and inviting them to a stand-alone Racial Justice and Religion Task Force;
  • Assisting in convening regular gatherings of the Task Force throughout 2021;
  • Producing a written report with Task Force's recommendations;
  • Assisting IAP on program design for invite-only virtual convening focused on racial justice and religious pluralism to be held in early 2021; and
  • Drafting a chapter for IAP's book on religious pluralism, focusing on racial justice and religious pluralism.


The Fellowship on Racial Justice and Religion is open to young scholars or professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to the study of religion and race in America. The Inclusive America Project welcomes applicants with a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. Although a PhD is not a requirement, the selected fellow will generally hold either an advanced degree or significant experience in faith-based organizing and/or racial justice work. This Fellowship is not intended to fund doctoral research. Applicants who show experience in faith-based organizing and racial justice work will be prioritized.

Duration: One year, beginning December 2020

Location: Remote acceptable

Fellowship Award:

The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, beginning in November 2020. This is a full-time, temporary employee position with the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute. As such, the Fellow will be eligible for all Aspen Institute benefits programs for the term allotted.

How to Apply:

Apply on the Aspen Institute careers site Application. Deadline is November 16, 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for a virtual interview. Please reach out to iap@aspeninstitute.org with any questions.

Read more about religious pluralism in our primer: Many People, Many Faiths.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.



Posted: 2020-10-26 Expires: 2020-11-26

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