CDI Fellows Program

CDI Fellows ProgramThe CDI Fellow Program provides an opportunity for students to launch a brand-new idea around Diversity Equity and Inclusion on Danforth Campus. The CDI is seeking applicants from all backgrounds, schools, academic interests, and academic levels to establish a network of student ambassadors with the common goal of furthering equity, diversity, and inclusion across Washington University in St. Louis. Five CDI Fellows (two graduate and three undergraduate students, these numbers may change depending on the projects suggested) will be selected in a competitive merit-based process. Priority will be given to innovative Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) projects that attempt to further DEI on campus. The program components include a semester for application and selection process; a semester of Educational/Discussion Sessions with a project planning or project development focus (biweekly meetings through a semester); and a final semester of DEI project implementation that will conclude with a program completion celebration in which fellows will present and share their learning and experiences in the program.

Program’s Core Values

Program Objectives

  • Through this program participants will have an opportunity to launch a brand-new idea that the CDI has not thought about and that is related to diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.
    • The new idea can be reflected in projects, educational series, reviewing, developing and recommending new policies on campus, or conducting a research experiment.
    • Projects can be a one-time event or an ongoing project.
    • Projects must demonstrate innovation in DEI work.
    • The project must be related to at least one of the CDI areas of work:
      • Identity and Intersectionality
      • Advocacy and Policy
      • Education and Training
      • Equity Partnerships
      • Innovation/Research
  • This program attempts to enhance communication, connection and collaboration among students, university offices, and departments across Washington University.
  • This program serves as an opportunity for students to have hands-on experience working in equity, diversity and inclusion, and it would help participants gain a better sense of who they are as individuals within the lenses of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Outcome for Fellows

  • Develop leadership skills through practical application by designing and leading a
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project (DEIP).
  • Develop decision making skills informed by educational session, discussions, and peers or mentor discussions.
  • Build community and connection among the Fellows and CDI Staff.
  • Establish a network of leaders by the CDI Fellow Peers, CDI program instructors,
    student’s offices on campus, and prominent DEI leaders.
  • Form self-awareness of their own identity and authenticity for the purpose of being
    committed to themselves, others, and their DEIP.
  • Have an opportunity for personal, community and professional growth.
  • This program can serve as a base for a career development opportunity for graduate
    and undergraduate students who are interested in working in equity, diversity, and
    inclusion space after completing their degrees.

Have Questions?

Contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for any follow-up questions regarding the CDI Fellows Program.

Information Session

Tuesday, March 29, 5-6:00 p.m.

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