Dinah F.B. Cohen DREAM Fellowship Program

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), created the Dinah F. B. Cohen DREAM Fellowship Program to provide college students and recent graduates with disabilities with professional skills and leadership opportunities.

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.

2021 Fellowship Description

The Dinah F.B. Cohen DREAM Fellowship Program supports Fellows from June – August. 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.

  • Policy, Activism, and Legislation Fellow(s): 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 & Media Fellow(s): 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 & Advocacy Fellow(s): 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. Creates a project around formal and/or informal advocacy.

The selected Fellow(s) will work closely with the NDMC team and DREAM Coordinators in this paid, part-time Fellowship position, create a customized project with supported plan and identified outcomes, and participate in NDMC events. Further, the Fellow(s) will participate in a virtual congressional educational activity for inclusive advancing inclusive mentoring practices.

The selected Fellow(s) will become part of the DREAM Board and participate in selected DREAM activities, develop a presentation to be provided to the DREAM Board based on the Fellowship experience, personal growth and recommendations for moving mentoring forward.

This position will be customized for degree and career interests and intersected with our inclusive mentoring advocacy work. NDMC seeks creative ideas for projects and is highly flexible in scheduling hours and activities to fit within the realities of a college student’s workload. That said, this program seeks motivated individuals and at this time, in our ties with DREAM at the NCCSD, seek college students with disabilities who are eligible to work and be paid in the United States.

Focus on Multiply-Marginalized Populations

To honor the life and legacy of Dinah F.B. Cohen, the NDMC and DREAM will actively identify and seek applications from young adults with disabilities who represent multiply-marginalized groups. These groups that are adversely affected by the cumulative discrimination against and social exclusion of more than one minority population include, but are not limited to, youth of color and Jewish women with disabilities.

Fellowship Program Supporters

The Fellowship Program is funded by a group of supporters and sponsors in honor of Dinah’s life and legacy. This group consists of friends from her childhood and college years through her career at the Department of Defense and beyond.

Leading support for the Program comes from Axiom Resource Management, Inc. We are also grateful to individual donors for making this Fellowship experience possible, including friends and family of Dinah Cohen and the individuals who donated in support of the Class of 2020 of the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.