The purpose of the Fellows Program is to provide opportunities for recent GC grads to perform meaningful work in Goshen, in service to the community and to their own vocational journey.

The Resilience Guild facilitates collaboration by tapping local experts, elders, and community partners to help with recognized needs such as research, communication, and process design.

We connect these community leaders to Fellows with the time, energy, and passion to do most of the leg work. These relationships help us engage and value their time as Guild members.

Everyone wins:

  • Fellows get mentoring and experience;
  • Guild members get to be more involved in projects they care about;
  • Our partners get a high level of service at minimal cost; and
  • The community is better served.

Fellows Program Concept Note

A programmatic overview of the functions and activities Fellows perform for the Guild with a summary of past projects and a case study for their involvement and work in community projects.

Fellows engage in four primary roles as they help connect community assets and opportunities for collaboration

Personal Development

Project Initiation

Project Leadership

Project Support

Fellows also perform a variety of services that the Guild helps cultivate and supervise:

Assessments and Research

Leading processes of participatory action research that: convene stakeholders working on similar issues; identify and articulate current challenges; and develop strategies for addressing them. The focus of this kind of research is first and foremost on producing actions that seek to achieve concrete changes while also ensuring a process of systematic inquiry that results in learning and enhanced institutional capacities for sustaining the work.

Identifying and catalyzing new and emerging initiatives

Where opportunities are detected to support new initiatives, we seek to facilitate funding and provide platforms for innovation – sandboxes of collaboration and experimentation that we sometimes refer to as “prototyping labs”.


Working with stakeholders to understand the systems in which they work “connecting the dots” which may include:

  • identifying different stakeholders working on common causes;
  • organizing, and making readily accessible resources that exist;
  • developing resource guides; and
  • examining and making visible relationships between issues – how they impact one another (circular causality) – to enable broader and deeper understanding of key dynamics within a given system
Network Building

Convening stakeholders and providing backbone support for collaboration on systemic issues across sectors and disciplines.

Process Design and Facilitation

Designing events and processes for bringing together stakeholders working on similar or related issues to explore possibilities for networking and collaboration.

Strategic Communications

Conducting stakeholder interviews to help organizations communicate their work more effectively; and crafting stories in order to raise the profile of the work, increase public awareness, and make visible areas of potential connections.

Supporting organizational needs

Responding to and serving specific needs detected within and by organizations or initiatives.

Technical Support

Providing specific technical services rooted in their disciplines, such as videography, web development, information management, and economics.

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Fellows Program Highlights and Case Studies

Fellows Videography

The CRG is pleased to have David Leaman-Miller working for us through our Fellows Program.  David graduated from Goshen College in 2017 with a degree in Film Production and a minor in Sustainability Studies. After finishing his studies with semesters abroad and at...

Gardening Goshen

In the fall of 2015, Twila Albrecht and Ellie Schertz (both 2015 graduates of Goshen College) began actively prototyping components of what has become the Fellows Program. They volunteered to interview local garden leaders to assess need and interest for networking...

Specific projects that Fellows have played a lead role in initiating:

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