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

"The Rockwood Art of Leadership Training provided the tools to build a leadership practice that uplifts my strengths, recognizes my humanity, and encourages me to be the most authentic self in the life I live and the work I do. Thank you!"

Tannia Esparza2016 Fellow

"I needed this training like I need air and water. The training was the intervention I didn’t know I needed, and I am so thankful for the resources provided to help me."

Cherisse Scott2016 Fellow

"To be able to dig deep into my personal motivations for doing this work ... was nothing short of a perfect gift."

Sabrina Andrus2016 Fellow

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: Intact Art of Leadership – February 1-5, 2021 – Island Palms, San Diego, CA (Monday-Friday)

To launch the program, fellows will attend Rockwood’s Art of Leadership, where fellows will learn Rockwood’s six core leadership practices over the course of 5 days.

Session 2: March 3-6, 2021 – Oak Ridge, Chaska, MN (Monday-Thursday)

The second fellowship retreat builds off the tools and experience of the Art of Leadership, and fosters more opportunities for field dialogue. It is designed for leaders to enhance their skills in areas of both leadership and collaboration, including an examination of power (personal, positional and institutional), strategy and performance, and personal and organizational sustainability.

Session 3: August 30-September 2, 2021– Edith Macy, Briarcliff,  NY (Monday-Thursday)

The final fellowship retreat is designed based on the feedback of the fellows to continue to foster movement building and deepen their transformational leadership practice.

NOTE: Attendance to all 3 residential 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

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.