The National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC), in partnership with the student-led organization, Disability Rights, Education, Activism and Mentoring (DREAM) at the National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD), is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2019 Dinah F. B. Cohen DREAM Fellowship Program. This Fellowship Program is designed for college students and recent graduates with disabilities to access professional skills and leadership opportunities in the mentoring sector.
Fellowship Program Objectives
- Leadership and professional skills development for college students and recent graduates with disabilities;
- Enhanced understanding of mentoring as a disability inclusion strategy; and
- Expanded network to impact career development and access to opportunities.
The Dinah F. B. Cohen DREAM Fellowship Program supports Fellows from January – March in paid part-time positions that are completed from the Fellow’s campus/location during the semester. Besides the specific work outlined below, the Fellows will join the NDMC Advisory Committee and DREAM Board, enabling opportunities to share perspectives and ideas directly with NDMC and DREAM leaders and to also learn and network. Applications are desired in the below categories.
- Inclusive Practices Fellow: Works with NDMC to define and coordinate activities of the NDMC Inclusive Mentoring Initiative. Promotes inclusive practices in mentoring through the development and provision of content, programming and training for mainstream mentoring programs.
- Communications Fellow: Coordinates and delivers content to NDMC platforms. Works with the NDMC Communications Committee to develop campaign(s) and content to enhance access to mentoring.
- Peer Mentoring Fellow: Works with NDMC to define and coordinate activities of the NDMC Peer Mentoring Initiative. Creates platform for ongoing dialogue on the benefits of peer mentoring, sharing best practices and supporting growth in the mentoring model.
The selected Fellow(s) will create and implement a customized project, participate in the NDMC Annual Planning Meeting and the NDMC Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame Event in Washington, DC on January 29, 2019, and attend the National Mentoring Summit on January 31 – February 1, 2019. Further, the Fellow will experience a day on Capitol Hill visiting staff and potentially Members of Congress (as schedules allow) on January 30, 2019 to advocate for inclusive mentoring policies, programs and investments (and have a mentor to guide the experience).
To honor the life and legacy of Dinah F.B. Cohen, the NDMC and DREAM seek applications from young adults with disabilities who represent multiply-marginalized groups.