Barb Schmidt Fellowship | Florida Atlantic University

Cultivating Community Involvement, Activism,  and Social Change

The Barb Schmidt Fellowship aims to provide student leaders with a platform to develop the skills and knowledge needed to initiate, execute, and sustain a social movement. The Barb Schmidt Fellowship gives students hands on experience through peer mentorship and workshops led by social influencers and FAU faculty. Students will learn key professional and technical skills that are essential for driving social change. After exploring the workings of social movements and gaining the expertise needed, students will then work on their own project of choice, which will be presented at the end of the fellowship and launched as a real intervention related to the project’s goals. The Barb Schmidt Fellowship is comprised of two semesters during the academic year. Successful completion of each semester earns fellows 3 university credits (6 credits total).



Who is eligible?

The fellowship is open to high school students who have completed their freshman year of high school living in Palm Beach or Broward County who qualify for dual enrollment at FAU. For the 2019-2020 Application please click here

Fall Class: SPC 4930 Communication and Social Change (3 Credits)

Participants will attend class two Saturdays per month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FAU. Fellows will explore the dynamics of creating, developing, and sustaining social movements through peer-to-peer and student-to-faculty interactive workshops designed to be a platform for student-driven activism and engagement. Grounding this experience will be the introduction to and practice of mindfulness techniques to ensure the self-care and sustainability required for successful social movement work. Special guest speakers will also participate. The curriculum is designed to be hands-on, interactive, and project based. Each participant is expected to use the Fall classes to develop a project proposal, in consultation and guidance with Institute faculty, that will then be further developed and launched during the spring semester.

Spring Class: POS 4931 Community Activism in Practice (3 Credits)

During the Spring semester, Fellows will attend class one Saturday per month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FAU. Students will work individually or in teams to design and implement a socially-engaged service learning project. They will create a project portfolio to include all aspects of social movement development and implementation and prepare it for launch at the end of the semester. Curriculum will provide further development of skills and knowledge for this stage of the project. Students will also be expected to work with an established non-profit whose mission aligns with their chosen project for at least five hours per month.

The Fellowship will end in early May with a launch event in which each project is presented and celebrated.
Media will be invited to help promote the social change projects our fellows have developed.


Editors Pick

The Practice by Barb Schmidt

Barb offers readers life-changing spiritual guidance in an easy to follow format, and what makes this book so magnificent is that she has infused her own stories and struggles to help readers connect and learn.
Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles