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Applications for the 2024 Leadership Academy are now closed.

The Leadership Academy is an eight-week educational fellowship in sustainable food systems leadership. Participants learn about challenges inherent in industrial animal agriculture and develop the mindsets and skill sets to advance systems-level change.

Fellowship Curriculum

Throughout the eight-week educational fellowship, we’ll look at factory farming through the following lenses:

Policy & Law

Learn how civic engagement and the legislative process can be leveraged to create a more just and sustainable food system.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Explore how technology and business can come together to build momentum to support the end of factory farming.

Organizing &

Hear firsthand how students like you are building a people-powered plant-based global movement — and how you can bring this movement to your campus and community.

Health & Well-Being

Understand the harms factory farming inflicts upon human and ecological well-being, and how to foster flourishing communities.

Media Arts & Journalism

Discover the power of storytelling to influence public opinion and create real-world impact.

Three days per week, you’ll have four hours of comprehensive programming consisting of:


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Teaching Team

Program Leads


Teaching Fellows

Hear from alumni

“New Roots Institute [is] where I discovered that it's not just climate, but the well-being of all species that truly matters... I'm excited to express my dedication and share my research [at] the Climate Justice and Health Lab at NYU.” - Pooja Sharma, Leadership Academy, Summer 2023
“I came to New Roots very unsure of my potential for advocacy, but your encouragement through the program helped me see how I can merge positive change and animal rights with my career goals, and that the work doesn't have to end with New Roots!“ - Bethel Mengisto, Leadership Academy, Summer 2023

Student Successes

Plant-Based Defaults

In the last two years, our students had successful plant-based default campaigns at Cornell University, the Issaquah School District in Seattle, Pomona College, and San Diego State University.

Campus Coalitions

One of our fellows organized a broad-based coalition at New York University to lock in the plant-based commitments secured by former New Roots Institute students on campus.


In the last year, our fellows organized very successful veg fest events at the University of California Los Angeles and Pomona College. These events were attended by over 1100 people!

Schools with Current Students

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