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Projects with Promise

Vol. 27 No. 1

Building Equitable Partnerships and a Social Justice Mindset Through a Donor-Funded Reproductive Rights and Health Internship Program

July 23, 2021


This article discusses the characteristics of a donor-funded internship program for undergraduate students interested in reproductive rights, health, and justice at Tulane University’s Newcomb Institute. It describes the results of a preliminary study of this program’s outcomes and makes recommendations for program improvements. This article will also argue that this program, despite its unique challenges, provides a model for other colleges and universities that are interested in developing equitable community partnerships and cultivating a social justice mindset in students. This study indicates that the program has been successful at developing young leaders in a social justice movement, serving underrepresented student groups, building trust with community partners, and creating opportunities for multiple collaborations with those partners.