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The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Institute for Social Justice

The Delta Research and Educational Foundation, under the auspices of its Center for Research on African American Women, established the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Social Justice in 2009 in honor of the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio)

The overall goal of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Institute for Social Justice (STJ Institute) is to prepare women of color for leadership roles that have an impact upon public policy and social conditions on the local, regional, national, and international levels. The STJ Institute provides a forum for African American women to receive training and educational opportunities designed to advance their work as elected officials, community activists/advocates, and civic leaders. The STJ Institute is a collaborative effort of The Delta Research and Educational Foundation and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, co-founders of The Center.

Each year, the STJ Institute presents an annual forum at Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital in collaboration with the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma. Theta Sorority, Inc. 

The Institute offers training and educational opportunities to prepare women for leadership roles in civic affairs, community activities, or elected office. Currently the STJ Institute offers an annual summer internship for young women to work in the U.S. Congress.  The STJ Internship offered by DREF is sponsored in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Eight internships have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2012.  The students selected as intern were:

  • Melissa Chin, Brown University 2012
  • Khanay Turner, Prairie View A&M University, 2013
  • Kerlyne Jean-Baptiste, Brown University 2014
  • Kimberly Delk, Howard University 2015
  • Subria Whitaker, University of Illinois 2016
  • Taylor Dent, University of Illinois-Springfield 2017
  • Saleshia Ellis, Florida State University 2018
  • Mara Brody, Bethune-Cookman University 2019
  • Tyshara Loynes, University of Indianapolis, 2021

A $100,000 gift from The Clinton Family Foundation, established by former President William Jefferson Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, was made to the STJ institute in 2011 to benefit the educational initiatives of the Institute.  Congresswoman Tubbs Jones was a colleague and dear and close friend of the Clintons.  The Institute was also supported by a $25,000 gift from  DREF Board member Michele Hagans, a Washington, DC businesswoman.




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