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Community Scholars for Black Lives Fellowship

The Community Scholars for Black Lives Fellowship Fund will create additional opportunities for Cal Lutheran students to embody their academic work and scholarship in projects that work to dismantle systemic racism and reimagine a more just world. 

Inspired by a challenge from North Central University in Minnesota to establish a George Floyd Memorial Scholarship, Cal Lutheran created the Community Scholars for Black Lives Fellowship Program to amplify student voices and to connect them with community leaders.

Your support of the Community Scholars for Black Lives Fellowship Program will make a tangible difference for our students and the greater community. Thank you!

2021-2022 Cohort of Community Scholars for Black Lives Fellowship Program

Teketa Bellamy (Graduate School of Psychology, Class of ’22)
Teketa virtually hosted A Spoken Word Event, lifting up Black voices through word, song, and rhyme expressed through live and pre-recorded poetry performances. 

Jaden Lyons (Class of ’22)
On February 17, Jaden partnered with the San Fernando Valley chapter of NAACP to present a financial literacy workshop. Designed to increase access to underserved communities, this project connected Jaden’s expertise in budgeting as a Cal Lutheran Business Administration major to positive change in the community. 

Sloan Sanders (Class of ’22)
Sloan created a 21-day Racial Equity Habit Challenge—including readings, podcasts, and videos— to translate Black History observances into actionable items for everyone to engage in the work of social change. 

Sarah Wells (Graduate School of Education, Class of ’22)
As an elementary school teacher, Sarah designed professional development sessions for her fellow teachers to build an understanding of how children’s literature can promote anti-racism, for both students and educators. 

Milt and Debbie Valera Matching Challenge
Unlock $25,000 to the Presidential Strategic Initiatives Fund when a total of $25,000 is made to any Cares Day fund by 7 pm on Cares Day, thanks to the generosity of Milt and Debbie Valera.
$25,000 / $25,000 Raised
Cal Lutheran Cares Around the World!
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 32
2 WA 2
3 TX 1
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