Named in his honor, the Bayard Rustin Democracy Fellowship Program offers a pathway to leadership for people of color (POC) and LGBTQ+ folks in the movement facing the same obstacles to leadership that Rustin faced. Rustin envisioned a world where democracy was not just the end goal, but also the pathway to change. The DI is building toward his dream by working to diversify the democracy movement.
We believe that increasing opportunities for individuals to experience a supportive environment with meaningful professional development and fair compensation will create a pipeline for a more diverse pool of applicants dedicated to furthering our democracy. Each placement will be designed for the fellow to develop and lead projects or campaigns in the democracy movement, while providing capacity for the host organization to increase its involvement in the democracy space.