Racial Equity Fellowship 

Through our Racial Equity Fellowship, we bring together emerging and experienced leaders with a deep commitment to racial equity.

Meet the Fellows




 What do we do? 

We develop leaders who work to end structural racism in Detroit. We are co-creating a multiracial and multigenerational network of racial equity leaders. We acknowledge that a significant and powerful network for racial equity exists in Detroit, with generations of rich experience. Our role is to equip leaders with tools to disrupt racism and create equitable alternatives together

Shared Understanding:

We build a shared understanding of racial equity from a personal to structural lens. Our fellows connect to anti-racism movement ancestors and better understand structural racism and how it plays out in Detroit.

Skills and Tools:

We develop the skills and tools needed to disrupt racism and create equitable alternatives. Our fellows are experts of their own experiences. Our role is providing the resources to deepen their understanding and fortify their work.


We co-create a space to deepen relationships within a multiracial and multigenerational network of racial equity leaders. Challenging racism is hard, painful work. We need this space to support each other and celebrate our successes.

 What is our focus? 

Our program focuses on racial equity from a personal to structural lens. We believe that the transformation of movements is dependent on the transformation of the people in them. Everyone comes to our Racial Equity Fellowship as an expert of their own experiences. In these interconnected worlds, our role is in providing the tools to deepen our fellows' understanding and fortify their work. We recognize that co-liberation toward racial equity is as much about our personal journeys as it is about addressing oppressive systems. With that understanding, we encourage all of our fellows to find and connect to anti-racism movement ancestors, as a means of personal and movement transformation.

How do we define racial equity?

Racial equity centers the humanity and dignity of all people, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. It begins with acknowledging those historically and systemically harmed by a racial hierarchy that perpetuates white supremacy and anti-Blackness. It demands that our communities have the power to replace racist policies, institutions, and culture with a collective commitment toward co-liberation.

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 What is our impact? 

With a focus on lifting others to dismantle structural racism, we are discovering a new way to transform hearts and minds in Detroit and beyond. We are developing a national blueprint in Detroit designed to empower local communities to fight structural racism from the ground up. We are shifting our fellows’ baseline understanding of racial equity and supporting their journey toward co-liberation. Our fellows can discover more about themselves, Detroit, and the deep history of structural racism — while reflecting on leadership and the power that comes from close collaboration. 

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Learn More: Stories, Video, and FAQs

Stories from Community Experts

Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) Racial Equity Fellows are community experts working on the ground to fight structural racism in Detroit. 

Read stories on their work in local and national media.

VIDEO: Fellowship Info Session

Watch the recording (including ASL interpretation and subtitles) of a virtual info session on our Racial Equity Fellowship.

The agenda included introductions of our team, DEAL's legacy and history, our mission and impact goal, who can apply to our Racial Equity Fellowship, the application process and timeline, and more FAQs.

Racial Equity Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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