Objectives of the program

  • Develop individual and collective understanding of equity and anti-oppression frameworks
  • Apply equity and anti-oppression frameworks and contribute to institutional action to reduce systemic inequities and advance anti-oppression and social justice at UM
  • Build networks for action that challenge hierarchies rooted in traditional power relations
  • Create capacity at UM and Manitoba for advancing equity, anti-oppression and social justice through mentorship and training for student leaders in the fields of equity, anti-oppression and social justice
  • Commitment to experiential and work-integrated learning across key areas related to anti-ableism, anti-racism, and social justice, as well as equity, diversity and inclusion

Expectations and commitment

  • Ability to commit approximately 10 hours/week to the designated tasks, meetings and learning for a 6 month period
  • Commitment to work as part of a team for collective learning, solidarity and community-building
  • On-going self-reflective participation in all aspects of the program is required
  • The fellowship will be recorded on each student's Experience Record on their transcript

Value and duration

Cohort 1

Number of fellows Five
Applications open February 2024
Application deadline February 23, 2024
Duration of fellowship

March 2024 to August 31, 2024

(Six months)

Value $9,000

Cohort 2

Number of fellows Five
Applications open May/June 2024
Application deadline TBA
Duration of fellowship

September 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025 

(Nine months)

Anticipated value $13,5000

Fellowship details

Program components

  • Cohort education
    • Bi-weekly education sessions
    • Attendance and participation at selected events sponsored by Office of Equity Transformation, or relevant to specific project
    • Self-reflection and growth portfolio
    • Additional optional opportunities for related to project or initiative
  • Cohort and network
    • Monthly cohort meeting for information sharing, building support network, and collective problem solving
  • Project participation
    • Participation in specific institutional initiative that may include committee meetings, project management, research, workshop or other duties
    • Report on activities upon conclusion of fellowship period
  • Student leadership
    • Open town-hall or other sessions to share with students the work being done and for feedback

Possible areas of focus

  • Anti-ableism and accessibility strategies
  • Anti-racism - broad-based initiatives or potentially a focus on specific forms of racism
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ community building and safety
  • Reconciliation actions
  • Educational initiatives advancing equity, anti-oppression and social justice
  • Age-inclusivity at UM
  • Ecological justice and sustainability
  • EDIA in marketing and communications

Application requirements


  • Open to all UM students (must be registered for the term(s) during which the fellowship is offered, excluding Summer Term registration)
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible
  • Full-time and part-time students are eligible
  • Students must be in good-standing in their programs
  • Criteria is not GPA-driven
  • Students holding elected executive roles or paid positions in student unions at the faculty-level or higher are not eligible
  • These awards do not support research, projects, or initiatives for courses or degree-program requirements
  • Fellows may re-apply once, but a second term is not guaranteed


  • Demonstrated commitment to community engagement, advocacy or activism, academic or non-academic learning or work in equity, anti-oppression and social justice initiatives
  • Openness to advancing equity, anti-oppression and social justice by working collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals
  • Interest in institutional or organizational change rooted in equity and anti-oppression frameworks
  • Preference for individuals from systemically marginalized groups

Application process

The application form includes basic personal information, as well as questions to learn more about the applicant, their experiences, and their areas of interest in relation to equity, anti-oppression and social justice.

References: The application requests the names and contact information of two references, at least one must be academic.

Transcript: After completing the application form, all applicants are required to send a copy of their unofficial transcript to equity@umanitoba.ca

Applications are due on February 23, 2024


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Dana Medoro
Faculty member, Fellows in Equity, Anti-Oppression and Social Justice Program

Tina Chen
Vice-Provost, Equity

Amy Zhang
EDI Coordinator, Office of Equity Transformation