The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD). WIHD has received supplemental funding from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) to implement a Diversity Fellowship program for two to three fellows from a diverse background as defined by AIDD. Fellows are selected to participate for eight months, 12/1/15-7/31/16.
Under this National Training Initiative Grant, fellows will increase their knowledge, skills and values related to individual and institutional cultural and linguistic competency, fellow/workforce diversity, and community collaborations. In doing so, fellows will participate in the following activities:
- self-study on issues relevant to diversity and disparity and cultural and linguistic competency
- complete a written paper
- collaborate on a community project
- complete performance evaluations
- contribute to WIHD
- share results and presentations
To support fellows from diverse backgrounds (as defined by AIDD) to increase their knowledge, skills and values related to individual and institutional cultural and linguistic competency, fellow/workforce diversity, and community collaborations.
The program is offered as eight, four-week topical modules. Fellows will be expected to devote seven to ten hours per week to the Fellowship training, including:
- one in-person session at WIHD per module; one monthly individual face-to-face mentoring/supervision
- one conference call/webinar per module
- design and implementation of the community-based project
- assignments, including: progress notes on the community-based project
- reading related to module topics and community projects; written reflections, self-assessments
To learn more about the Diversity Fellowship program at WIHD, as well as the 13 other programs around the country and read bios for each diversity fellow, please visit: http://www.implementdiversity.tools/about_fellowships.