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Cardinal Quarter

Partnerships for Climate Justice in the Bay Area Fellowship 2024: Research to Support Environmental and Climate Justice Advocacy in the Belle Haven Community of Menlo Park

Environmental Sustainability, 
Law, Policy & Justice


Located west of Highway 101 along the San Francisco Bayfront, the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park has been systematically excluded from the rest of the city and the surrounding area. Following decades of redlining and other unjust housing practices, today, Belle Haven residents experience exclusion in many dimensions of their daily lives, including access to transportation, telecommunications, education, health care, food, open space, and more. In addition, a growing number of families living in Belle Haven - which hosts the headquarters of Meta - are at risk of displacement as gentrification progresses. Belle Haven residents also experience disproportionate exposure to environmental pollution, such as poor air quality and greater exposure to extreme heat due to a lack of tree cover. Climate change is exacerbating these and other impacts. Yet, Belle Haven has also found itself excluded from key state and local funding programs designed to address many of these risks.

Belle Haven Action (BHA), a non-profit organization in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park, partners with residents to amplify the voices of community leaders. BHA advocates for equity, inclusion, and acknowledgement of the diversity that makes this neighborhood unique. BHA engages closely with residents in Belle Haven, responding to the needs they identify by organizing programming and advocating with the city and county. Past and current initiatives include organizing COVID vaccine and testing sites, assisting residents in accessing affordable housing, obtaining free air filtration units for residents, and advocacy with the City Council for greater investment and needed services.


About the Fellowship

Through this summer fellowship, you will conduct critically-needed research to support Belle Haven Action’s advocacy efforts. In order to begin to address the systematic exclusion that the community has experienced, the nature of this exclusion must be documented and more widely understood. As a fellow, you will make a key contribution by researching and writing about the disparities that Belle Haven community members experience compared to surrounding neighborhoods. This work may be approached through multiple lenses - environmental and climate justice, transportation, health, housing, telecommunications and more - and the focus will be adapted to the fellow’s academic background and interests, as well as Belle Haven Action’s current activities. Research may involve:

  • Reviewing online documents available through the city, county, and state as well as non-governmental sources, including resources available through Stanford’s libraries;

  • Identifying and analyzing environmental and socio-economic data about Belle Haven and surrounding communities, including through tools such as the CalEnviroScreen 4.0; and

  • Conducting conversations with community members and other stakeholders to learn about and document community experiences of exclusion.

At the beginning of the fellowship, you will work with Belle Haven Action’s leadership to agree upon your focus and define key deliverables, which may include:

  • A report summarizing the research you’ve conducted

  • Fact sheets, data visualizations, and compelling graphics to directly support Belle Haven Action’s advocacy efforts

  • A toolkit making it easy for community leaders and advocates to access critical information and data

  • Blog posts and/or contributions to Belle Haven Action’s website

In addition, you will contribute to Belle Haven Action’s on-going operations. This may include assisting in organizing community events, attending City Council and commission meetings, and participating in meetings with residents as well as partner organizations.


Preferred qualifications: 

  • Advanced undergraduates and graduate students in Urban Studies, Earth Systems, Earth System Science, Public Policy, the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Anthropology and related fields are particularly encouraged to apply. However, students from other fields/majors will also be considered.

  • A passion and commitment for environmental justice and community-based work.

  • Excellent skills in research, writing and communication.

  • Experience and sensitivity with regard to interacting and communicating with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Commitment to building and maintaining trusting relationships and maintaining confidentiality when necessary.

  • Flexibility, adaptability, and an ability to work independently.

  • Spanish language proficiency and access to a car are preferred, but not required.



Undergraduate Cardinal Quarter Fellows receive a base stipend of $6,500 (+$500 cost of living adjustment for the Bay Area) to support living expenses during the fellowship. Financial aid and supplemental funding may be available to students who qualify (learn more here). 

Students in a 2-year Masters program will receive a stipend of $8,500. Students who have begun their coterm programs (i.e., students who are paying for graduate tuition) will also receive a stipend of $8,500.



This is a full-time (35-40 hours/week), 9-week opportunity during Summer 2024, starting no later than July 8, 2024. Undergraduate, Coterm, and Masters students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating students are welcome to apply, but may receive lower priority.

Please review our program policies for complete eligibility requirements. 

Additional Fellowship Requirements

This opportunity is associated with Partnerships for Climate Justice in the Bay Area (PCJ in the Bay), an initiative to build equitable climate change solutions by supporting partnerships between Stanford students, faculty and Bay Area community leaders. Fellows will be a part of a cohort of other PCJ in the Bay summer fellows placed at sites across the Bay Area. 

Additional requirements include:

Spring 2024:

  • Complete an online program orientation.

  • Participate in an in-person Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop at the Haas Center. 

  • Identify and meet with an academic mentor at least once.

  • Design a personal learning plan and share the learning plan with your site supervisor and academic mentor.

  • Complete all required pre-orientation forms.

  • Attend the spring kickoff meeting with cohort peers (date TBD).

Summer 2024:

  • Complete a pre-program assessment survey.

  • Attend all PCJ in the Bay Fellows cohort activities (more information will be shared about these events in spring quarter).

  • Complete all reflection activities.

  • Submit a final report documenting your work and reflecting on your learning. 

  • Complete a program evaluation survey.

  • Correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.

  • Complete a post-program assessment survey.

Fall 2024:

  • Meet with your academic mentor at least once.

  • Participate in outreach activities to share the experience and help publicize the program.




United States


February 13, 2024 | 11:59 PM
* This Application Deadline has passed

Open To

Graduate Students

Offered By

Haas Center for Public Service
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