Ariel Collins is the Juanita Tate Social Justice Fellow at The City Project. Ariel received her Master of Justice Studies from Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation. As a graduate student, Ariel worked with low-income residents, an elementary school district, and the City of Phoenix to promote community outreach and collaboration, and to build support for a neighborhood park in an underserved area of southwest Phoenix. Prior to graduate school, Ariel worked in outreach and education at a no cost dental clinic for the homeless. She served two terms as an AmeriCorps member, most recently in Santa Ana, California. She graduated from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Ariel has worked with The City Project since 2013.
The Fellowship honors the late Juanita Tate, a founder of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, community activist, and City Project friend, ally, and client. The City Project had the honor of representing Juanita and Concerned Citizens in the people’s victories to create Los Angeles State Historic Park and Rio de Los Angeles State Park, to protect the community and the park in the Baldwin Hills, and to create the civil rights park Walk a Mile in My Shoes. We represented her and Concerned Citizens in the successful fight for clean water justice to fix the sewer system city wide, and eliminate noxious odors in the heart of African American Los Angeles.