Diversity & Disability Fellowship Program

The purpose of the WVU CED Diversity & Disability Fellowship is to increase knowledge of disability services and supports and increase the diversity of leadership and staff across the disability field. The Fellowship Program recruits graduate and professional level students from diverse background to include individuals from racial and ethnic minority background, individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals from underserved geographic areas (rural or urban), different disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals as defined by AIDD. One graduate student from a diverse background is selected each year to complete our Diversity & Disability Fellowship starting in the fall semester of continuing through the spring of 2018. Fellows receive a tuition waiver and stipend for living expenses.

Fellows enroll in two core courses taught by LEND mentors required for the WVU Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability Studies program in order to increase knowledge relating to the field of disabilities. The Diversity & Disability Fellowship program works in collaboration with the West Virginia Maternal and Child Health LEND program. This collaboration provides the fellows with access to both on-line and in person training and clinic/observation experiences. In addition to the coursework, fellows participate in no fewer than five clinic/observational experiences. The clinic/observational experiences are designed to allow trainees to get supervised, real life experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families. During the spring semester, the fellows will complete a 60-hour volunteer field placement with a community organization and complete a capstone project designed to make a systemic change to better serve individuals with disabilities and their families. Upon completion of field placement, the fellows will create a portfolio of their fellowship experience and write a five-page paper applying principles learned, sharing how the knowledge learned will benefit the field of disabilities, and ways that they have and will continue to apply their academic discipline to improve the quality of lives for individuals with disabilities. Fellows will prepare a presentation for WVU CED staff relating their entire fellowship experience to their field of study.

Health Professional Diversity and Disability Externship

The Center for Excellence in Disabilities is recruiting two graduate or professional level students from diverse background to participate in an externship beginning in January, 2018 and continuing through August, 2018. The goal of the externship is to increase knowledge of disability (e.g., etiology, impact), disability services and health care considerations for individuals with disabilities.

Students must:

  • Be enrolled as a graduate or professional student in one of the health sciences schools at WVU (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health)
  • Represent one of the following diversity groups: race and ethnic minority background, disability, LGBTQ, limited English proficiency, and/or from underserved rural or urban areas
  • Be enrolled in the first two years of their training.

Activities during externship (totaling 10 hours per week):

  • Enrolled in two disability courses (choice of DISB 580 or 581 in Spring; DISB 482 in Summer)
  • Participation in various clinical observations
  • 30 hours of volunteer field placement
  • Capstone project
  • Participation in various training opportunities

Students will receive $8500 for the nine month externship.

Dual program and PhD students are not eligible to apply.

Applications must be received by December 15th to be considered.

Application