social inclusion policy fellowship

The Social Inclusion Policy Fellowship is a two week fully paid fellowship program that will be administered by Our Three Winners Foundation. The program is a partnership with the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley and the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project.

The fellowship engages current and future policymakers and raises awareness about harmful stereotypes and narratives of minority groups. The goal is to see more equitable policies and government interventions through this initiative.


Topics Covered During the Fellowship:

  • Implicit Bias
  • The social construction of target groups and implications in policy
  • Policy priorities in the scope of social constructions
  • How bias enters into the policymaking process
  • Unlearning bias - lessons debiasing for equitable policies
  • Rooting proactive and reactive policy alternatives in equity

The first cohort will include policy makers from throughout California; however, the application is open to applicants from all around the U.S.


Monday 7/20 - Friday 7/31

University of California Berkeley Campus

Fully Paid by Our Three Winners Foundation

How To Apply

The Social Inclusion Institute will accept applications for the Social Inclusion Policy Fellowship beginning on 2/1/2020.

Basic Requirements:

  • College Junior or higher, recent graduates or professionals
  • Work in a policymaking capacity (government or otherwise) for 2+ years
  • Interest in debiasing techniques and making policy more equitable
  • Ability to attend ten days of the fellowship and all sessions

Application Deadline:



Dr. Suzanne Barakat

Our Three Winners Foundation

Dr. Hatem Bazian

UC Berkeley

Elsadig Elsheikh

 Haas Institute

Working Team

Somayeh Nikooei

 Our Three Winners Foundation

Dr. Maha Hilal

Our Three Winners Foundation

Basima Sisemore

Othering & Belonging Institute

2019 Social Inclusion Policy Fellows

Eric Henson

Policy Advisor, City of San Diego, Council District 4, CA

Ana Yeli Ruiz

Master of Public Policy Candidate, UC Riverside, CA

Amer Rashid

Legislative Aide, Office of Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, CA

Elizabeth Dallman

Legislative Aide to San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, CA

Jon Wizard

City Councilmember, City of Seaside, CA

Jessica Rosalita Bank

Program Manager for the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Program

Christina Syriani

Research Assistant, Pepperdine University

Russell Lee

Staff Member CA Assemblymember Phil Ting

Shaniqua Williams

Auburn University Public Administration and Public Policy Doctoral Student

Lesley Milton

Public Affairs Officer and City Clerk, City of Seaside, CA

2019 Social Inclusion Policy Fellowship Speakers

Dr. Suzanne Barakat

Our Three Winners Foundation

Dr. Hatem Bazian

UC Berkeley

Dr. Jack Glaser

Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­icy, UC Berkeley

Perfecta Oxholm

Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­icy, UC Berkeley

Dr. Todd H. Green

Luther College

Zahra Billoo, Esq

SFBA Council of American Islamic Relations

Kevin Hickey

University of San Francisco/SF State University

Dr. Michael Omi

UC Berkeley

Wadie E. Said, Esq

University of South Carolina

Dr. Munir Jiwa

Graduate Theological Union

Dr. Shirin Sinnar

Stanford Law School

Dr. Maha Hilal

Our Three Winners Foundation

Dr. Maxwell Leung

California College of the Arts

Dr. Daniel Tutt

Unity Productions Foundation

Dr. David Oppenheimer

Berkeley Law School

Yoana Tchoukleva, Esq

Equal Justice Society

Spojmie Nasiri, Esq

The Law Office of Spojmie Nasiri

Hala Hijazi

SF Human Rights Commission