The Conflict Resolution and Healing Justice programs are offering one cross program fellowship this summer entitled THE INTERSECTION OF INTOLERANCE, YOUTH AND “HATE CRIMES”

The fellowship will explore the intolerance that often results in acts of violence classified as “hate crimes” and the consequences associated with being charged under “hate crime” legislation. The fellow will identify the social and economic contexts, uncertainties and fears out of which “hate crimes” emerge with a focus on the experiences of constituents, particularly for youth of three AFSC programs in the New York metropolitan area.

This New York City based fellowship is best suited for an upper level undergraduate or graduate student of, but not limited to, sociology, psychology, law or criminal justice that has particular interests in conflict resolution, juvenile justice and education. The fellow will explore and address the relationship between youth and “hate crimes” with particular focus on violence prevention and the impact of “hate crime” legislation.

The fellowship will allow the student to strengthen his/her research, writing design and public presentation skills while:

  • Researching and documenting growth in federal and regional “hate crime” legislation (including bullying statutes) and incidents
  • Investigating and/or interviewing youth involved in “hate crimes” as offenders and victims, following particular incidents and meeting with variety of persons involved as appropriate
  • Exploring and documenting schools-based “hate” and “bullying” prevention programs
  • Identifying and compiling a middle/high school healing justice curriculum that address issues of tolerance and healing from harm
  • Designing workshops and/or programs
  • Representing AFSC in presentations to various communities and audiences
  • Completing and end-of-session formal report with next steps recommendations
  • Possibly engage in a meaningful way in AFSC recognition of the 10th anniversary of September 11th

Please note: AFSC is persuaded that the escalation of punishment associated with “hate crimes” is counterproductive and that a deeper understanding of the origin of attitudes from which “hate crimes” stem can begin a healing process.

The position will run from June 6, 2011 through August 12, 2011 for approximately 10 weeks/350 hours with a stipend of $6000.00.

The fellow will work under the joint supervision of the AFSC-NYMRO Conflict Resolution and Healing Justice Coordinators.

 To apply for this position please download and complete the attached application and email it with a letter of interest, resume and two references (names and contact info only)  to nymrorecruit@afsc.org . The deadline for applications is April 29, 2011.