What is the M2 Fellowship?

Loyola University Chicago’s Institute for Racial Justice, in partnership with My Brother’s Keeper Chicago, is actively recruiting self-identifying Black and Hispanic/Latino men mathematics instructors for the Men of Math (M2) Fellowship. Beginning January 2022, the Fellowship will be a community of practice that will ultimately lead to Fellows increasing their capacity as culturally-informed instructional leaders who build community with other Black and Hispanic/Latino men who teach math to students in grades 6-12.

M2 Fellowship Launch

Please join us as we welcome our inaugural cohort of M2 Fellows on January 8, 2022 at noon (CDT).

What are the selection criteria?

  • Self-identifying Black or Hispanic/Latino male mathematics instructor who teach students in grades 6-12
  • Currently teaching in a non-selective Chicagoland public school or public charter school
  • 30 credits or more of collegiate mathematics, engineering, and or physics
  • 3 or more years of mathematics instructional experience with students in grades 6-12
  • Letter of support from Principal, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, or Dean of Instruction

What do selected Fellows receive?

  • 1:1 coaching on how to become an effective culture-informed Instructional Coach for others
  • Membership in a professional learning community of self-identifying Black and Hispanic/Latino men who teach math
  • $3000 award

What is the timeline?

  • November 29, 2021: Application materials for the 2021 cohort are due by 5 p.m.  
  • December 8, 2021: Applicants are notified whether they have been admitted to the M2 Fellowship.
  • December 15, 2021: Applicants accept or decline their M2 Fellowship offer.
  • January 8, 2021: The orientation session takes place, launching the M2 Fellowship.
  • Bi-weekly January through June, 2021: 3-hour online professional learning sessions.
  • June 18, 2021: Culminating showcase event, concluding the inaugural cohort program.

What is the program structure?

The M2 Fellowship program will open with an immersive one-day orientation (likely in-person, but pending COVID) taking place Saturday, January 8, 2021. Following the opening orientation, the cohort will meet bi-weekly online from January to June 2022, with a celebratory showcase taking place on Saturday, June 18. Each 3-hour virtual professional learning session will focus half of the time on socio-emotional wellness of teaching as Black and Hispanic/Latino men and the other half of the time will focus on integrating culture-informed mathematics curriculum into everyday math lessons. Each session will have a specific learning objective and will be structured to promote a high level of open peer exchange and feature interactive workshops between the participating Fellows. In spring, Fellows will invite another teacher to “mentor” and jointly revise a math lesson, mock-teach it to the group, and share their lesson online for others to deliver in their respective school settings.

Who is facilitating the discussion?

Nathan Alexander Dr. Nathan Alexander
Assistant Professor
Morehouse College
David Wallace Dr. David J. Wallace
Founder and Principal Consultant
Awakening Minds Consulting

How do I apply?

To apply, click on the button below. You'll be asked to upload the following materials: resume, unofficial transcript, a letter of recommendation, and 1-page statement on why you want to be a Fellow.

If you are a principal and wish to nominate a candidate, please email us at: racialjustice@luc.edu and we will invite your candidate to apply.