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About the Initiative

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

About the Fellowship

RBG is a two year fellowship. During the first year, participants begin with a 10-day Black Girl Summer Tour, visiting cities throughout the South and Southeast. Additionally, a limited number of paid summer internships are available for first year participants. The Fall and Spring consist of a series of retreats and workshops that give RBG participants opportunities for experiential learning; sharpening self-awareness and autonomy, building a support network with peers and other professional women; to consider the lives of Black women in communities and cities different from their own and for scholarship of Black feminism and sisterhood. Participants are also assigned a mentor. The second year consists of RBG participants taking what they've learned, harnessing it, and creating positive change in their community with a community project. The program is concluded with a study abroad opportunity for those who successfully complete the fellowship.


  • Rising sophomore or junior
  • Full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours
  • Interest in Reproductive Justice, Black Liberation, Womanism, feminism, Advocacy, and/or Community Organizing
  • Strong leadership potential
  • No GPA requirement
  • Complete online application
  • Two letter of reference (one personal / one professional)
  • Two-year committed participation
  • Able to attend a 10-day, mandatory in-person session in May (all travel and accommodations will be handled by The Lighthouse)
  • Able to attend at three-day Winter in-person gathering


  • $1500 stipend per academic year
  • Professional and personal development
  • Access to external opportunities
  • International travel
  • Strong sisterhood and cohort support


Thank you!

Thank you for visiting our website! Applications for the 2023 Reese|Brooks|Gilbert Initiative are now OPEN!