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About the Initiative


Named after iconic television characters, Kimberly Reese, Freddie Brooks and Whitley Gilbert of ‘90s sitcom “A Different World,” the Reese|Brooks|Gilbert Collegiate Leadership & Internship Initiative (RBG) focuses on honing the leadership skills and the personal and professional development of Black college-age women.

About the Fellowship

RBG is a two year fellowship intended to broaden the professional, personal, and interpersonal experiences of Black college-aged women. Participants begin the first year with a 10-day Black Girl Summer Tour, visiting cities throughout the South and Southeast.

Year one consists of:

  • Three-day residency in Jackson, Miss.

  • 10-day Black Girl Summer Tour, visiting cities throughout the South and Southeast;

  • Access to paid summer internships (space is limited);

  • Fall and spring retreat series and workshops that focus on experiential learning, sharpening self-awareness and autonomy, building a peer support network, and connecting with professional women; and

  • Mentor connection.

Year two consists of:

  • Harnessing what you’ve learned in year one as it guides you through year two;

  • Considering ways to make positive change in your community with a project; and

  • Study abroad for those who complete the fellowship.



  • Rising sophomore or junior 

  • Full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours

  • Interest in Reproductive Justice, Black Liberation, Womanism, Black Feminism, Advocacy, or Community Organizing

  • Strong leadership potential

  • One letter of reference, along with a completed application

  • Two-year commitment to participate

  • Attendance at 10-day, mandatory in-person session (all travel and accommodations are handled by The Lighthouse)

  • Attendance at three-day Winter in-person gathering

  • Commitment from on-campus liaison (professor who teaches at least one major class during the academic year, for example) to engage with the project coordinator, when necessary

  • Monthly check-ins with an advisor, mentor, project director, and small group


$1,500 stipend per academic year

Professional and personal development

Access to external opportunities

Strong sisterhood and cohort support



Interested in applying or want more information?

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