THE FRANK WOLF-TONY HALL FELLOWS PROGRAM

2022-2023 FELLOWS COHORT

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Rana Amet
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Kareem Rifai

University of Michigan

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Leo Hojnowski

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Gabriel Toto

Catholic University of America

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lvanka Cheung

Stony Brook University

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Kristen Shell

Baylor University

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Krista Mcswain

University of Memphis

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Tsering Yangchen

Harvard University

THE FRANK WOLF-TONY HALL FELLOWS PROGRAM

Named for retired members of Congress Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) and Tony P. Hall (D-OH), whose willingness to work across the aisle to advance human rights while in office embodied Athenai’s commitment to bipartisanship, the Frank Wolf-Tony Hall Fellows Program will bring together eight politically engaged undergraduate leaders from around the country to serve as the vanguard of our Divestment Campaign in their regions. The program will combine education with advocacy, equipping students with the skills and expertise they will need to become lifelong leaders.

As part of the program, fellows will work directly with Athenai’s national leadership to advocate for universities to eliminate their entanglements with the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies, including investments held through their endowments, contracts with businesses, and research partnerships. 

Fellows will also participate in biweekly virtual seminars hosted by experts in key aspects of Athenai’s mission as part of our Agora Program. Through the Agora Program, fellows will learn more about human rights abuses in the People’s Republic of China; US-PRC relations; the history and culture of Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, and other affected communities; divestment as a tool for achieving change; and the nature of CCP involvement in academic espionage, among other subjects. After completing the program, fellows will become part of Athenai’s alumni network, providing regular opportunities for young leaders who share our commitment to human rights, free inquiry, and the independence of our academic institutions to network through Athenai and partner organizations as they begin their professional careers. 

EIGHT FELLOWS, FOUR REGIONS

We plan to select two fellows attending colleges or universities in each of the four regions (Northeast, Midwest, West, and South). Fellows should have a prior history of civic engagement at the state, local, or campus level, a commitment to advancing human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad, and a broad network of fellow students at their campus and others. Applicants who are Juniors or rising Seniors at the time of their application are preferred.

The regions are:

  1. Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont
  2. Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  3. West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
  4. South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FELLOW

While responsibilities and workload will vary from week to week, fellows should anticipate an average of 10-20 hours of work per week. Responsibilities will include:

  1. Drafting, advocating for, and passing divestment-related measures on their campuses, including student government resolutions, op-eds in student newspapers, petitions to university governing boards and advisory committees on investor responsibility (ACIRs), and student referenda. 
  2. Overseeing, in conjunction with Athenai’s national leadership, the development of statewide chapters in each fellow’s region, with a goal of expanding to 30 chapters by the end of calendar year 2022. 
  3. Educating their fellow students about our values and recruiting students in their region to campaign for divestment on their own campuses. 
  4. Meeting with university administrators to make the case for divestment.
  5. Working with Athenai’s national leadership to conduct research about the nature of CCP influence on campus, and to develop individual expertise in key aspects of Athenai’s mission and related subjects.
  6. Meeting with state legislators in each fellow’s state to advocate for model legislation aimed at divesting university endowments from Chinese companies (less than 20% of total hours).

No travel is required for this program. Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000, paid out biweekly over the course of the program.

APPLY TO THE FELLOWSHIP

The 2022-23 Program will run from September 6, 2022, through April 28, 2023. We are accepting applications between July 26 and August 29. To submit your application, please email your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Wolf-Hall Fellowship 2022-23.” Please be sure to note your state of residence and your college or university in your email. Applicants will be contacted for an interview after submitting their application. The inaugural class of Fellows will be announced during the third week of August.

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