Are you a future social impact practitioner?
If so, the ASJC is calling on you.
What is the ASJC?
The ASJC is a NEW fellowship program at the College of Environmental Design that offers significant debt-relief to select Master's students who intend to do social justice work after graduation.
Please watch our brief informational webinar below about the genesis of this pilot program at CED, how financial relief gets determined for our fellows, and what to expect when submitting your application.
THE SPRING 2022 APPLICATION IS OPEN: Click HERE to start your application and submit it by the deadline of January 15, 2022 by 5pm PDT.
If selected to be an Arcus Fellow, students will make a pledge to enter social impact careers for at least three years after leaving the College of Environmental Design (CED). The ASJC seeks to attract students with the most potential to make direct and transformational social change in the world through planning, research, and design. This program especially aims to empower students who want to make tangible change in vulnerable communities after graduation.
Social Justice + Design Disciplines
In the context of environmental design, social justice work is wide ranging. Social justice can mean addressing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events which have been proven to impact underserved communities the most; developing affordable, public, and social housing; addressing environmental pollution, toxicity, and degradation especially in community of color; increasing access to healthy and sustainable food systems in low income communities and in food deserts; reforming urban planning policies that have had detrimental impacts on race in America such as redlining; designing public spaces that reflect the values and voices of the communities in which they are built, and beyond. Architects, landscape architects and environmental planners, city and regional planners, real estate developers, and urban designers are well equipped to tackle all of these problems and chart bold new actions plans for our future. By working in nonprofits, NGOs, higher education, government agencies, or by creating their very own forms of new radical practice, graduates in environmental design fields can move the needle on essential social change.
The ASJC Community within CED
By being inducted into the ASJC, students will not only receive as much debt relief as possible but also gain a sense of belonging through the building of a community that is dedicated to social justice. The ASJC will offer programming throughout the year for students to incubate new ideas, attend seminars, receive career planning support, engage in community-connected studios, and receive direct mentorship from practitioners in the real world. Arcus Fellows will also lead a dynamic social justice movement within Bauer Wurster Hall to inspire all CED students — undergraduate and graduate, across all disciplines and backgrounds, and students who are planning more traditional career paths. The hope is that alumni of the ASJC will return to CED in the years to come to mentor future cohorts of students who want to pursue public service work in the real world, to gain a better understanding of what this really means in action.
2022 Award Cycle
Arcus Fellows will be selected by a CED committee that includes practitioners in social justice fields, faculty, staff, and alumni representatives. The second cohort of the Arcus Social Justice Corps will be selected in spring 2022 from the incoming class of graduate students who will arrive at CED in the fall of 2022.
Prospective UC Berkeley students who have applied to or are in the process of applying to any CED Master's program (by the program's fall 2021 deadline) are encouraged to apply by the deadline of January 15, 2022. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have U.S. permanent residency, or have DACA or refugee status.
In order to demonstrate your financial need, you are required to submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline of January 15, 2021 as a separate step to completing our application. To complete the FAFSA, visit this website.
Should you have any question, please contact: CEDArcusFellows@berkeley.edu