The primary goal of the fellowship is to familiarize fellows with a variety of issues concerning diversity and inclusion.
Topics covered in this fellowship will include: differences of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical/cognitive abilities, socioeconomic status, nationality, and gender, to name a few. Through the use of experiential learning, fellows will be encouraged to engage in open and honest dialogues that will facilitate awareness, critical thinking, and comfort around addressing these topics. Fellows come to this continuing education/lifelong learning experience as diverse, cultural beings with unique life histories and exciting career trajectories. Being a part of this fellowship will only enhance this growth.
Given the nature of this fellowship, it is nearly impossible to separate oneself from the material. In fact, it is expected for fellows to use their learning histories to inform them about their current worldviews. Fellows may notice themselves experiencing some discomfort around certain topics during the fellowship experience. For example, they may notice themselves experiencing growing pains during the process of changing a particular attitude or belief. Moreover, fellows may realize, during the process of acquiring new knowledge, that they no longer feel the same way about particular topics by the end of the fellowship. This experience of unlearning and relearning can be an emotional process. If discussions of diversity and inclusion were easy, everyone would be engaging in them and many of our societal problems would likely have been solved.
Fellows in this experience will work hard, will get uncomfortable at times, and will become powerful change agents at our university and out there in the world. As the course director of this fellowship, it is exciting for me to lead willing fellows and to witness their growth over time.
The primary objective of this fellowship is to guide fellows toward a better understanding of issues related to diversity and inclusion. Other objectives include:
In this inaugural year of the fellowship, all fellows, regardless of track, will participate in the fellowship experience together. This fellowship experience will be offered twice a year in order to provide a fall and a spring opportunity. Applicants will be applying for only one semester opportunity.
Employees with faculty appointments at the university are eligible to apply for this fellowship. FIT fellows will engage in the process of self-reflection, knowledge attainment, comfort, and skill around issues of diversity. By the end of this fellowship, fellows will have increased awareness and commitment around issues of diversity and inclusion. To culminate this experience, fellows will prepare a diversity and inclusion strategic action plan with a focus on pedagogy and curriculum development in their roles as teachers, researchers, advisors, and mentors.
FIT fellow expectations include:
Employees with leadership and supervisory responsibilities are eligible to apply for this fellowship. LIT fellows will engage in a process of self-reflection, knowledge attainment, comfort, and skill around issues of diversity. By the end of this fellowship, fellows will have increased awareness and commitment around issues of diversity and inclusion. To culminate this experience, fellows will prepare a diversity and inclusion strategic action plan with a focus on systemic/institution-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives in their roles as leaders throughout the university.
LIT fellow expectations include:
Funding: Faculty and Leader applicants are responsible for negotiating with their department Chairs and Supervisors for 5% release time to attend weekly seminars. Fellows may want to consider requesting additional % effort of release time if they anticipate needing more flexibility to account for being able to complete any recommended reading and for preparing the diversity and inclusion strategic action plan.