Chicago United for Equity is a 9-month civic activation program for individuals across government, organizing, media, business, union, and non-profit organizations. Fellows commit to attending a full-day training every month for nine months, typically the first Friday from October to June. CUE is a space for reflecting, recharging, and amplifying impact. Fellows gain tools, strategies, and examples from national case studies, and then create opportunities to practice, reflect, and grow for the future. CUE’s curriculum includes Racial Equity Frameworks, Policy Tools, Civic Change Strategies and Community-based Opportunities. Fellows will also complete a community-based project to build public accountability for racial equity.

Eligibility: Applicants are required to name an organization that will serve as a partner in developing and implementing their equity project. Must have a pre-existing relationship with the organization.

Competency Alignment

Influences others to positive action: Fellows create a project plan that will be implemented at their partner organization, and adopted by the organization’s staff and community.

Strategizes and drives for results to maximize impact: Fellows learn tools and strategies from national case studies on equity, to enhance the work that they are producing in their projects.

Fosters trusting relationships to enable productive change: Fellows relationship with their partner organizations will allow them to demonstrate the relevance of developing trusting relationships to create change.

Adapts and shows resilience to create solutions: Fellows learn and use policy tools to study and address racial disparities in the communities they serve.