The 2017 class of Fulani Fellows (l. to. r. above) — Inacent Saunders, Monique Sanders, Frank Pettis, Andrew Calderaro and Micah White — began their training August 15.
The Fellows will be working closely with Dr. Lenora Fulani and other All Stars Project staff, Institute faculty and leaders across the development community, through mid-December, attending and staffing community events, conducting research and learning the skills of community organizing and the developmental performatory approach.
The four-month stipend training program launched in 2016 and was underwritten by a grant from the East Side Institute and Performance of a Lifetime.
Andrew Calderaro, M.S.W., began his career in electoral politics, and then moved to the nonprofit sector where he spearheaded efforts to advance mental health awareness, advocacy and de-stigmatization. He is searching for greater understanding of the legacy of American slavery on young people of color, how creative programming can combat poverty and racism, and how people of color can transcend institutionalized and socialized obstacles to achieve full lives and personal excellence. Mr. Calderaro earned his MSW from Hunter College and his B.A. in American history and political science from SUNY, Empire State College.
Frank Pettis is studying international health policy at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. He plans to combat the inequities in health access and outcomes, which reduce the quality of life for people of color and the poor. Frank has created social programs for Chicago’s HIV-Positive and homeless programs, and directed the Black Male Leadership Academy, an organization created to expand the social, intellectual and cultural capital of Chicago’s African American students. Frank’s efforts to empower and build solidarity with under-resourced communities outside of the U.S. have led him to organize in South Africa, Nicaragua and Peru.
Monique Sanders, M.S.W., is inspired by the Civil Rights era and the history of the Great Migration that moved an entire generation of African Americans from the South to the northern cities of America. She is motivated to impact the lives of African Americans by increasing accessibility to education, community development and reinvestment. In 2013, her master’s thesis, Investment Alienation of African Americans: How the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 Has Impacted Community Development Within Communities of Color Since the Social Policy Programs of the 1960s won third place in a national research paper competition. Ms. Sanders earned her MSW from Columbia University.
Inacent Saunders, M.S., has been a dedicated youth-worker and nonprofit professional for more than 20 years. Most recently, she served as a Community School Director at a public school in south Queens before launching, Groundwork for Change, a nonprofit management consulting agency. Her personal mission is to build the capacity of grassroots organizations to have an impact on the vulnerable communities they serve. Inacent sits on the Board of two nonprofits – both of which serve the East Brooklyn neighborhoods where she was born, raised and still resides. As a woman of faith, she is the founder of Timothy’s Tribe, a faith based organization serving young adults. Inacent holds a M.S. in nonprofit leadership from Fordham University.
Micah White, Ph.D., is a public intellectual and lifelong activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street, a global social movement that spread to 82 countries, while an editor of Adbusters Magazine. Mr. White’s first book, The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, was published in 2016 by Knopf Canada. He is currently researching Dr. Fulani’s campaigns for president and the revolutionary potential of electoral social movements.