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In their voices: NAACP Law Fellows share their experiences
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One of our company’s proudest traditions is our partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to host law fellows for an internship program each summer, funded by Kellogg Company Fund. This summer is special because it marks the 20th year that Kellogg has sponsored the fellowship.

The hired fellows are tasked with assisting with the development of legal education materials while working under the supervision of attorneys to protect the NAACP brand. They also work on ongoing civil rights litigation affecting voting rights, environment justice, criminal justice, housing advocacy, health inequality and racial economic disparities. This year’s virtual Kellogg visit provided the opportunity for the fellows to learn about our Better Days Promise Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy; how equity, diversity and inclusion is brought to life in various departments; and even virtually cooked with of our chefs. They were also provided the opportunity to network with Kellogg global leadership, the Kellogg legal and compliance team and fellowship alumni to receive career advice.

Equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) has been part of Kellogg Company’s DNA since the beginning. We believe in showing respect for individuals of all backgrounds, capabilities and opinions. A critical part of our Kellogg’s™ Better Days Promise ESG strategy is to advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion – in our workplace, our workforce, the marketplace and the communities in which we operate - to help create a place at the table for everyone.

We are proud to help provide opportunities that develop a future pipeline of diverse talent that will tackle some of the biggest issues facing our society.

Below, the fellows share their experiences and perspectives from the internship:

Q: What drew you to this fellowship? 

A: “I applied for the Kellogg Company NAACP Law Fellowship because I am interested in civil rights law and racial justice. I wanted to learn from one of the most prominent organizations (NAACP) in civil rights advocacy.”     -Colby Dickinson, Stanford Law School

A: “I was drawn to this fellowship because of the incredible work that NAACP does within the community and serving as a trailblazing civil rights organization. NAACP is constantly on the frontlines of civil rights issues that persist today such as voter suppression, police brutality, and (more recently) the retraction of fundamental rights. I knew that I wanted to be a part of an organization that made an impact far larger than I ever could myself and I wanted to grow and learn as a future civil rights leader.”      -Ashley Brickhouse, Howard University

Q: What are you looking forward to most? 

A: “I am looking forward to the 2022 NAACP National Convention. Since day one, we have had many discussions about it, and I believe that it will be resourceful. I thoroughly enjoy networking and I like to be engaged in community events. I have met so many people virtually since the start of this summer program, and I know that meeting everyone in person for a week will be even better. As the summer continues, I am also looking forward to building my network through the NAACP with NAACP employees/members and Kellogg employees.”     -Kailyn Hutchins, Elon University School of Law

Q: What motivates you to work on civil rights issues? 

A: “Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. It's that simple.”     -Jarrius Adams, Howard University

Q: What do you hope to learn from this fellowship? 

A: “I hope to learn about the various ways civil rights and lawyering interact - whether it is corporate law, entertainment law, working for a law firm or working for a civil rights organization. I understand that lawyers can impact change, but I look forward to learning about the different approaches attorneys take.”     -Emily LaPlante, Southern University Law Center

Q: What has surprised you most when learning about Kellogg and our ED&I initiatives? 

A: “It surprised me to learn about different equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives that Kellogg has implemented not only in its work culture but also within communities across the country, such as employment opportunities, philanthropy work, and diversity among Kellogg's employees.”     -Bria Jones, Southern University Law

A: "I was most surprised at the number of ED&I initiatives that Kellogg has. I was also surprised that the founder started the company with ED&I in mind, a mindset that was not widely recognized at that time.”      -Alexis O. Grant, Southern University Law Center

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