Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program

Purpose | Process | Funding | Application Process| Projects

 Welcome 2022-2023 D & I Fellows!


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Provost’s Office, Student Affairs Division, Business Affairs Office, and Office of General Counsel seek faculty and staff committed to enhancing the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Fellows will work in collaboration with each of these offices to design programs, policies, and/or procedures that focus on one of the following institutional priorities with respect to diversity and inclusion: 

  • Recruitment and retention and success of diverse students, faculty, and staff
  • Analyzing and expanding curricular offerings
  • Cultivating inclusive partnerships or community engagement with diverse external organizations
  • Developing policies and procedures for the reporting and addressing of bias incidents
  • Facilitating grant collaborations to support diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Development and evaluation of innovative professional development in diversity and inclusion for students, staff, and faculty 


Fellows will serve for a minimum of one calendar year and maximum of three consecutive years. During the fellowship time, each fellow will commit to the following: 

  • Creating a proposal for work that includes a timeline with clear objectives and outcomes. 
  • Attending regular project meetings with divisions relevant to the fellow’s project. 
  • Attending regular meetings with all diversity fellows 
  • Sharing the results of fellowship work on campus and with community organizations in a spring research and engagement forum. 


Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend that will be split and paid monthly during the academic year. Funding will support 8 fellows per year.   

Application Process 

The application process includes completion of a short online form (Fellows or Departments) and an interview.  The start of term for the 2022-23 cohort is August 2022.       


Fellows work collaboratively in teams to address needs within the campus and community. 

 2020-2022 Fellows and Projects

Title Fellows Status
"Excellence in Inclusion": Professional Development Trainings Melissa Crowe, LJ Randolph, Masha Shpolberg Ongoing
Establishing a Bias Response Team and a University Ombuds Office Christine Pesetski and Babette Boyd Ongoing
"It Takes a Village" Teddy Howell, Christine Pesetski and Mike Jefferson Ongoing
Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan: Guiding Principles and Definitions Venita Jenkins Concluded
Bridge Program Work Group Taniesha Young Concluded
Restorative Justice Collaborative Kim Cook Ongoing
Photovoice Project Kim Cook, Jeff Janowski, Venita Jenkins, Leah Mayo Ongoing