The Just Tech Fellowship was awarded to six people to work on issues where social justice and technology intersect. Kim Gallon, Chris Gilliard, Christine Miranda, Clarence Okoh, Meme Styles, and Rua Williams received the unrestricted award of $250,000 over two years from grantee Social Science Research Council.
Their work ranges from immigrant organizing to police accountability, tech-enabled racial health disparities, novel surveillance systems, the discriminatory impact of algorithmic decision-making, and disability justice. John Palfrey, MacArthur’s President, noted they are creating “an opportunity to imagine and build an affirmative vision for technology that is rooted in equity and justice, and works for all.”
Ten creative and dynamic leaders received the 2022 Leaders for a New Chicago award. They use arts to empower and create opportunity; they organize to stand up for justice for people with disabilities, Black communities, immigrants, and Indigenous people; they shape inclusive stories and narratives.
Each leader receives a no-strings-attached award of $25,000 and their affiliated organization receives a matching $25,000 general operating grant. MacArthur and the Field Foundation partner to support the award to recognize leaders with a diversity of religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, geographies, and income levels. Now in its fourth year, the awards recognize the accomplishments of social change agents who work to shape Chicago’s future.