Current Fellows

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

 

Current Fellows

Anna Claussen is the Director of Rural Strategies at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and is passionate about challenging narratives that perpetuate racial, economic and geographic inequality. Recognizing that climate change is already impacting rural communities, Anna will develop a national Rural Climate Dialogue to engage and elevate the voices of rural Americans and advance inclusive climate change policies. Her work will leverage cultural narratives, transformative stories, and immersive experiences to shift the way people think and feel about climate change, and about each other, and empower rural communities to engage in efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Anna's Fellowship Profile

 

Jasiri X is a Pittsburgh-based rapper and activist working at the intersection of art and activism. He is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. Jasiri co-founded the anti-violence group 1Hood and the 1Hood Media Academy to teach youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves, while achieving financial freedom and building wealth. Through this fellowship, he will develop the 1Hood Artivist Academy to cultivate artists and activists who use their voice to speak out against injustice. Jasiri's Fellowship Profile

 

Francisca Porchas Coronado is the Organizing Director of Puente Human Rights Movement and a leading voice in efforts to end mandatory immigrant detention and address the trauma experienced by frontline communities currently facing criminalization and deportation. Francisca will build a network of healers across the country that employ contemplative practices, such as meditation, expression through art, ancestral spiritual practices, therapy and bodywork to address the needs of the immigrant community. These teams will address community trauma, and provide guidance to frontline organizations on how to integrate healing practices into their work with immigrant communities targeted for deportation. Francisca's Fellowship Profile