Community Fellows Program
The Community Fellows program is a unique partnership between Vassar College and local non-profit and governmental agencies in Dutchess County. Community partners are invited to submit project proposals that address pressing social issues relevant to their organization. Students are funded to work on these projects for nine weeks over the summer. This highly competitive program presents an exciting educational opportunity for students and is funded by the college.
The Community Fellows Program upholds the college’s mission by engaging students and community partners in the following ways:
- Providing students with an opportunity to experience meaningful work in non-profit and governmental sectors
- Supporting capacity building with community partners by responding to community needs
- Investing in the future of our community through public scholarship and civic engagement
- Enhancing the relevance of a liberal arts education to a purposeful life
15 students participated in the 2020 Community Fellows program. We are thrilled to partner with the following organizations:
- End New Jim Crow Action Network (E.N.J.A.N.)
- Exodus Transitional Community
- Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
- City of Poughkeepsie Common Council
- The Mediation Center of Dutchess County
- Barrett Art Center
- Falkill Creative Works
- The Art Effect
- Rural and Migrant Ministry Inc.
- Poughkeepsie Farm Project
- The Mother’s Project, HRH Care Community Health
- Persist Nashville
Use the booklet below to read about the projects and experiences of the 2020 Community Fellows.