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The Unum Academy is a leadership development program of E Pluribus Unum (EPU) for college students in with a strong interest in building their knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities around racial and economic equity work. The program is structured around a traditional academic calendar. The fall and spring semesters are dedicated to building knowledge and skills around equity and equity work through workshops that will be hosted on zoom. During the summer, the program culminates in a paid internship with an organization that works to address issues related to inequity, disparity, and injustice. Internships are in-person in the city in which the Academy member either lives or attends school. 

Applicants must be between the ages of 18-24, currently attending a 2 or 4 year college or university located in the American South*, and enrolled at their institutions at least through Fall semester of 2025.

*Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia

Unum Academy sessions will be held every other Tuesday 4:00pm - 5:30pm CT / 5:00pm-6:30pm ET with occasional extended sessions for special workshops. The first session will be September 24, 2024. Session attendance is mandatory. Please be sure that your schedule will allow you to attend these sessions before applying.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, you can email Shauna at academy@unumfund.org.  

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