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Applications are open for the Leadership Academy!

During this eight-week program in sustainable food systems leadership, you'll be surrounded by like-minded, high-achieving peers who share your passion for making a real-world impact. You’ll learn about the challenges inherent in industrial animal agriculture and develop the mindsets and skill sets to advance systems-level change.

This program is more than just an online course—it's a collaborative space where ideas are nurtured, friendships are formed, and collective goals are pursued. By applying to the Leadership Academy, you’ll have the opportunity to be considered for the yearlong fellowship.

The Leadership Academy is offered on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Would you like to learn more about the program before you apply? Register for our upcoming info session on Monday, April 15 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.

You'll learn from thought leaders in each subject area, including:

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.

Program Schedule

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

Interactive Lecture

Deepen your understanding of the problems and existing efforts to address them through conversation with thought leaders and subject matter experts.

Social Lab

Learn new tools and techniques for prototyping and piloting interventions through collaboration with others on your campus and from across our network.

Community Hour

Explore new interests and insights as we come together and share what inspires and motivates us.

Guided Discussion

Broaden your perspective and cultivate systems thinking as you begin to draw connections through dialogue with your peers.

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Teaching Team

Program Leads


Hear from program 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

Our Alumni Have Gone On To Work For