MINNEAPOLIS, MN — A member of the Architectural Technology faculty in the Minneapolis College, Nathan Johnson, was chosen as one of the Bush Foundation's 2021 Fellows, a group of visionary individuals leading transformative change in their communities.
Providing up to $100,000 over 12 to 24 months, the Bush Fellowship enables fellows like Johnson to pursue education and learning experiences, helping them develop the skills and relationships to promote large-scale changes in their communities and regions.
Every fellow selected for this fellowship is expected to be a stronger leader and greater force for equity and justice.
Upon the announcement, Johnson said that the fellowship provides him an opportunity to listen to the voice within communities worldwide and change the way people think and do things to create economic benefits for communities of color.
Through the fellowship, Johnson will visit cities around the world to develop new models for community-engaged development, study leadership methods that inspire equitable solutions, and lead efforts to diversify the architecture profession.
Santiago, a city in Cuba where the Cuban Revolution began, and Fez, a city in northern inland Morocco founded during the 8th–9th centuries, will be among the communities he plans to study.
Joining Minneapolis College in 2003 has provided him a lot of opportunities to have real conversations with students from all walks of life.
In his remarks, Johnson expressed his dream "to change entrenched systems to encourage greater equality in the industry."
He then added, "Racial equity is something we all own. Each one of us can take part in impacting change, teaching the next leaders to think more inclusively and to innovate in new ways."