In 2015, with the support of Unbound Philanthropy, MOIA launched an unprecedented four-month fellowship program for established and emerging immigrant women leaders. Although often lacking support, resources, and recognition, immigrant women leaders have historically been central to enabling immigrant communities to thrive and contribute to the vitality of NYC.
This first cohort comes from non-profit, grassroots, academic, and faith-based organizations, and work on a broad range of issues such as sexual assault and domestic violence; immigration, human rights, workers' and women's rights; social and healthcare services; housing; education; economic development; youth development and leadership; environmental sustainability; ethnic media; civic engagement; cultural work; language access and literacy; and criminal justice.
Monthly sessions focused on personal leadership development, organizational development, and immigrant rights movement-building strategies. Upon graduation from the program, the fellows became MOIA's first Women's Cabinet to advise, inform, and partner with us on policy initiatives.