Austin Seminary alumnus Steve Miller (MDiv’15) has been named an Ashoka Fellow in recognition of his work to promote healing through the oral histories of those who have experienced racism. Miller is project director and founder of the HBCU Truth & Reconciliation Oral History Project and the United States Christian Leadership Organization (USCLO), a “comprehensive Christian-based educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to achieving racial equality through spreading the love of Christ and building relationships across ethnic lines in order to promote more lasting and authentic spiritual and social change.” Austin Seminary is one of ten institutional partners, including seven HBCUs, who support the work of The HBCU Truth & Reconciliation Oral History Project.
Ashoka has been awarding fellowships to social entrepreneurs since 1981. According to its web site, Ashoka identifies and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community to embrace these new frameworks and build an “everyone a changemaker” world. Their mission entails finding and cultivating social entrepreneurs globally whose systems-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems.
From more than 500 nominations, eleven members were chosen for the 2018 U.S. class of Ashoka Fellows. “This group of Ashoka Fellows reminds us that even our most complex and tangled social challenges are solvable,” says Simon Stumpf, director of Venture and Fellowship at Ashoka. “Among these new Fellows are innovators transforming our food system, criminal justice system, workforce development sector, even the funeral industry. These people show us how to champion real, transformative change in a world that needs it.” The fellowship offers a stipend for up to three years to allow Fellows to dedicate themselves full time to the advancement of their ideas; increased visibility; and a global network of peers.
Forbes magazine is profiling all eleven new U.S. fellows. Read more here.