First Apex Institute Fellows class named

By Updated: May 09, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: May 08, 2019 5:19 PM CT

Eight undergraduate students at Memphis area colleges have been named recipients of the first Fellows class by the Apex Institute.

Members of the Civic Fellows Program Spring Class of 2019 will develop creative ideas, encourage conversations, and cultivate original approaches for advancing equality in Memphis in line with the objective of The Apex Institute, which is to equip future generations with new approaches for addressing age-old problems of injustice, inequity, and inequality.

“We are excited to announce the members of our first Civic Fellows Program and look forward to providing them with educational enrichment opportunities to address and examine Memphis’ most pressing civil rights challenges,” said A C Wharton Jr., founding board member of the Apex Institute and former mayor of Memphis. “Our goal is to engage a new generation and develop opportunities to promote policy and create an accessible repository of innovative ideas and strategies that can serve as a dynamic resource hub for the community.”

The inaugural Fellows class includes Brandon D. Golliday and Jada Watson, University of Memphis; Gabrielle Morgan and Tyquavious Noland, LeMoyne-Owen College; Itzel Gomez, Tarus L. Dukes Jr. and William Foner, Christian Brothers University; and Nithila Ramesh, Rhodes College.

The Civic Fellows Program is a flagship of the institute, designed for students who have an interest in promoting broader civic responsibility and engagement, as well as sharing new practical approaches for addressing inequity and inequality, according to a release. The program trains individuals to drive positive change in Memphis and the Mid-South by inspiring them to develop actionable policy recommendations and create research-based whitepapers of their choice from three impact areas: criminal justice, housing, and health care.

They will complete a 10-month fellowship, focusing on a current topic of obvious and chronic injustice in the Memphis area community. Fellows thoroughly research their chosen topic to become subject-matter experts, developing solutions to create positive, productive and innovative change.

Student applications for the program are vetted by a committee of Apex Institute leadership, partners and supporters.

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