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Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice Fellowship

In an ever-shifting political landscape and growing community need, the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement needs leaders that can ignite passion, and lift the voices of those that are often isolated or left out of the health care system entirely.

We need movement leaders who are ready to partner with each other and build solid relationships that will turn the tide against policies threatening to take away one’s agency to control their sexual and reproductive lives.

Rockwood is proud to partner with the Funders for Reproductive Equity to offer a fellowship program to support leaders in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.

About The Fellowship

“Rockwood is a life-changing experience. It teaches you humility, love, and focus. It teaches you that the only work worth pursuing is that which seeks justice and tears down our white supremacy-infused country. Rockwood is joy. Absolute, full mission-driven joy.”

2019 Fellow

We are not currently taking nominations, but please check back in the future. If you are interested in attending a Rockwood Training, you can take a look at our schedule here.

Session Details

All in-person sessions and locations are subject to change as we respond to COVID-19. We prioritize the safety and well-being of participants and are following the most up-to-date social distancing protocols which may result in a virtual session.

SESSION 1: Monday, March 21 – Friday, March 25 (4 nights)
Island Palms, San Diego, CA

SESSION 2: Monday, July 18 – Thursday, July 21 (3 nights)
Edith Macy Center, Briarcliff Manor, NY

SESSION 3: Monday, September 19 – Thursday, September 22 (3 nights)
Wingspread Retreat Center, Racine, WI

NOTE: Attendance to all 3 retreats is required for participation in the Fellowship. 


Viveka Chen

For over 25 years, Viveka has worked for social justice with people across a spectrum of cultures, communities, movements, and sectors. She is most often co-creating programs and practices centering race equity and liberation for: leadership cohorts and fellowships, innovation labs, organizations/communities moving through change and conflict (facilitating healing, restorative, and accountability processes), leadership transitions, and vision and strategy work. Viveka is also a Buddhist meditation teacher with an open and compassionate presence and deep respect for those she works with. Her coaching supports leaders to access their strengths, awareness, and creative energy to set in motion breakthroughs and new possibilities. She is affiliated as a coach and consultant with Management Assistance Group, RoadMap Consulting, the Haas Flexible Leadership Award Program, CompassPoint, and co-LAB (a woman of color race equity and liberation formation).

Aisha Nyandoro

Aisha Nyandoro has more than a decade of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating programs aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals with limited resources. She has worked in various capacities– as an academic, evaluator, philanthropist, moderator, and nonprofit executive. These varied experiences have allowed her to better understand systems and policies that impact vulnerable communities. Aisha’s life mission is to holistically and compassionately lift families out of cycles of poverty. When not working to transform impoverished communities, she is a wife and mommy to the best two little boys in the world.

Additional Program Offerings

Professional and Peer Coaching

Coaching is both an important leadership skill, and a resource for social change leaders. During the Fellowship, leaders will be partnered with two other Fellows to engage in a peer coaching relationship over the course of the program. Fellows will also receive two hours of professional coaching.

Leadership Practices and Additional Leadership Resources

To reinforce the tools of the fellowship program, Rockwood provides leadership practice assignments and course materials about leadership, partnership, and organizations.


With the support of the Compton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, General Service Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, The Overbrook Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and an anonymous donor, Rockwood will cover the majority of fees, plus room and board costs. The program has an estimated value of $15,000 per Fellow. Participants are asked to contribute a nominal fee based on the following organizational budget sliding scale:

Organizational Budget Fellowship Participation Fee
 $2,000,000 or up  $400
$1,000,000 to $1,999,999  $300
 $500,000 or to $999,999  $200
 $499,999 and under  $100
Rockwood Community Call

Cecily Rose Engelhart

Master Certified Life Coach, Speaker, and Designer

September 28 | 12 PT / 3 ET