The National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) 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.
2023 Fellowship Description
The Spring cohort of the Dinah F.B. Cohen DREAM Fellowship Program supports Fellows from March through June of 2023.
In addition to the specific work outlined below, the Fellows will join the NDMC, enabling opportunities to share perspectives and ideas directly with NDMC leaders and to also learn and network. Fellows will network with and gain professional mentoring from Macy’s Inc. employees. 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 a 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 in this paid, part-time Fellowship position, create a customized project with supported planning and identified outcomes, and participate in NDMC events. The fellowship cohort will include a total of fifteen fellows who work together on an identified project. Fellows will complete approximately 65 hours of a paid fellowship from March through June of 2023. On average, fellows will complete 5-6 hours/week over a 12 week period.
This position will be customized for degree and career interests and intersected with our inclusive mentoring advocacy work. This program seeks motivated individuals and, at this time, seeks 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 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 was founded 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.
It has since grown tremendously through the support of individual donors and leading support from Macy’s Inc. and GEICO.