The 2018 Kairos Equity Cohort Fellowship is a program for emerging civic-tech leaders of color.

Applications for the 2018 Spring Equity Cohort are currently closed.

The Kairos Fellowship is a program designed to address the racial disparity that exists within the field of civic technology and online organizing. National organizations at the forefront of digital advocacy and racial justice have joined together to support the Kairos Fellowship. Kairos will place up to fifteen fellows at leading national and state organizations. Fellows will receive hands – on training, mentorship, and an eight month paid fellowship – from May 2018 to December 2018 with the possibility of full-time employment upon completion of the program.

Kairos, an ancient Greek word, refers to “the right or opportune moment for action.” In recent years, we have witnessed inspiring movements for human rights that are calling attention to structural violence, racism, transphobia, and inequality even in the face of violent and repressive attacks against these liberation movements.

Civic technology and online campaigning have fundamentally changed how we organize. Yet our online tools are not equally accessible to everyone. Problems like algorithmic bias, lack of security, and online harassment plague our online tools and organizing practices. It should be no surprise that many of the tools we use today were not built with people of color in mind.

Kairos wants to change these practices by making sure that organizers and people of color are designing tech tools, online organizing models, and leading the field as we transform technology to bring long lasting social change to our communities.