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. 

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.

Diversity & Disability Fellowship Program

The CED is recruiting graduate and professional students to participate in the Disability & Diversity Fellowship Program who are pursuing careers working with individuals with disabilities. A graduate student from a diverse background will be awarded an assistantship starting in the fall semester and continuing through the spring of 2019. This fellowship pays $6,500 for the two semesters paid bi-weekly

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Enroll in two Disability Studies courses taught through WVU
  • Participate in clinic/observational experiences and other training opportunities
  • Complete a 60 hour hands-on volunteer and capstone project

To be eligible for this fellowship graduate and professional level students must be from diverse backgrounds, must be U.S. Citizens and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be from racial and/or ethnic minority backgrounds
  • Have limited English proficiency,
  • Be from underserved geographic areas (rural or urban),
  • Have a disability
  • Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender

he deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 4th, 2018.

If you have questions, call Courtney Lanham at 304-293-4692 or email celanham@hsc.wvu.edu.

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