Growing up as a Bengali American woman in Arizona, I have repeatedly been left with an unshakable feeling of being an outsider looking in. Belonging to the only Muslim family in my small community, I struggled to relate to my peers. I can recall being forced to navigate a variety of stereotypes and constantly fielding

“I look at the world differently since becoming a Roosevelter.” Last year at this time, Deondre Morris had just gotten his acceptance into the 2018-2019 Forge Fellowship, one of Roosevelt’s training programs that help community college and public university students across the Midwest and South develop organizing and policy leadership. Deondre was one of nine

Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy awards affiliates of the Roosevelt Institute who enroll in any of the master’s programs at Heinz College a minimum scholarship of 30% of tuition per semester.  Heinz College provides students with the analytics, technology, and policy skills necessary to solve complex societal problems in

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that “government is ourselves.” Throughout American democracy, however, far too many communities have been denied political power and have seen government power deployed against them. This reality has been made clear at the federal, state, and local levels through intensified anti-immigrant policies, attacks on reproductive care for women, a

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10 Ideas 2019: Report

Now in its 11th edition, the Roosevelt Network’s 10 Ideas journal is a testament to the importance of changing who writes the rules. The 10 student-developed policy proposals in this journal are visionary but also scalable. They chart bold new ways to deploy public power for the public good, spanning issue areas and geographies. Each

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In America, we are told that government is “of the people, by the people, for the people.”  But this has never been true for all people. Since our nation’s founding, communities across the country have been shut out of political institutions that are supposed to work for the public good. Without the voices of these

The Forge Fellowship

Reclaiming Public Power in Local Communities This fellowship is a stipended opportunity for 5-8 students currently enrolled at community colleges and public universities that do not have an existing Roosevelt chapter on their campus. Participants will be trained in core research, policy, organizing, and base-building skills, and receive one-on-one guidance from Roosevelt staff and alumni

Applications are now closed for our new Alumni Committee! Instituted in 2014, the mission of the Alumni Committee is to expand resources for Network alumni programming; collaborate with staff on alumni programming and hold the Network accountable to its founding mission. The Alumni Committee will consist of 7 members who bring unique perspectives to strategic

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt Fourteen years ago, a group of students recognized something important: who writes the rules matters. They dreamed of a world where voices from communities historically left out of the policy process would be instrumental in orchestrating their own futures. With

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Today, I am honored to step into the role of National Director of the Roosevelt Network. Nearly 15 years after the Network’s founding, we’re operating in a dysfunctional and chaotic political climate where the wealthiest and most privileged among us have consolidated power among themselves. As a result, we’re seeing the privatization of key public