Racial Equality in Policy and Planning (REPP) Fellowship
The Racial Equity in Policy and Planning (REPP) program promotes racial justice in the public policy and planning fields. Dismantling and remedying the deep-seated historical inequities that policy and planning has contributed to means changing how policy and planning is practiced, as well as who is doing the work. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color practitioners have been historically underrepresented in policy and planning, while their communities have been the most harmed by racial segregation and other social, economic, and environmental inequities that policy and planning have contributed to. This initiative is hosted by UEP, in partnership with Tisch College of Civic Life.
The REPP Fellowship supports five students per year to complete UEP’s MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning / MS in Environmental Policy and Planning programs and supports their leadership in the field. Fellows are individuals from underrepresented groups, who – by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, work and/or life experiences – have already demonstrated a commitment to and have experience in advancing racial justice and who exhibit potential to be racial justice change agents in the policy and planning fields. REPP fellows receive full tuition scholarships, stipends paid for by the Barr Foundation, paid internships, and programming to build leadership skills, develop networks, and provide socio-emotional support. REPP will also offer workshops and create a learning community for all who want to pursue anti-racist practices, policies, and outcomes in policy and planning.
To be considered for the REPP Fellowship, applicants must first apply to and be admitted to the MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning / MS in Environmental Policy and Planning programs. REPP’s first fellows will be selected in March 2022 (after the January 15 application deadline) and begin the program in Fall 2022.
REPP will recruit its first class of fellows in spring 2022 to begin the program in fall 2022. REPP will prioritize fellows who intend to develop their careers in the region (Massachusetts and New England) and who will, collectively over time, bend the arc of policy and planning practice towards racial justice.