Call for Applications for the 2016-2017 Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

Open to all faculty, post-docs, staff and students


What is the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program? The Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program will bring together a group of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs, and staff who will individually and collectively work to foster a community of practice focused on key themes related to diversity and inclusion at Georgia Tech. The program helps participants push their action, research, and teaching in new ways while contributing to furthering diversity and inclusion in our campus community. Since this is a new program, the participants will have the opportunity to take an active role in shaping it and help it to evolve over time.

The primary question driving the program will be: What are engagement, teaching, and/or research initiatives and workplace practices that leverage our capacities as individuals (researchers, educators, students and staff) to contribute to improving diversity and inclusivity on campus?

The bottom-up nature of this program recognizes the importance of ensuring that the Institute leverages the thoughts and actions of each individual in promoting diversity and inclusion. This complements Institute-run initiatives and programs dedicated to the same. The program is the result of a proposal submitted to the Strategic Planning Advisory Group (SPAG) in Spring 2016 by a group of faculty, staff and students in response to a call for proposals aligned with the Georgia Tech Strategic Plan,


Benefits and Outcomes.

  • Personal and professional growth, with demonstrated commitment and skills, about diversity and inclusion knowledge and practice;
  • Recognition as a Fellow;
  • Outcomes will be commensurate with Fellows’ engagement and may include increased workplace diversity and inclusion, new collaborations, initiatives, or partnerships, and individual/joint courses or research proposals.


Commitments. The program will through July 1, 2017. During this time, Fellows are expected to:

  • Complete an individual action, teaching, or research objective by July 1, 2017and share with the campus community (dissemination will be facilitated by the Office of Institute Diversity);
  • Contribute to a group project, to be determined together, that will raise the profile of this theme on campus or make a campus-wide contribution;
  • Attend 6 meetings (1 kick-off meeting in Fall and 5 more through the end of the program).


Individual/group projects may be of the following nature, but not limited to this list:

  • developing recommendations and content for new Institutional training programs,
  • creating and executing a pilot educational program and submitting a new SPAG proposal to expand that pilot,
  • writing a white paper as the basis for an agency proposal, or writing the proposal itself,
  • collating best practices for increasing diversity or enhancing inclusion of a given campus group,
  • creating guidelines for diversity and inclusion training for new students, staff and faculty (e.g., participating in New Faculty and Staff Orientation),
  • creating a mentoring program for incoming students, faculty, or staff, informing them about issues related to DI, encouraging them to get involved in DI-related activities,
  • advising on diversity and inclusion initiatives in the classroom and staff meetings. For example, teaching faculty about preferred pronouns,
  • visiting research labs and leading a peer-to-peer dialogue with the students in the lab about DI-related issues.



We envision running three Fellows groups per year with 6 participants and a Lead in each group. The Lead will facilitate and coordinate the group meetings and the group project, and be responsible for ensuring there is a final deliverable that can be used/shared. Each Fellow will receive $1,000 and the Lead will receive $2,500. These funds will be disbursed upon selection as a Fellow and may be given as salary, discretionary funds for research and teaching, stipend, or fellowship (depending on the position and circumstances of each person, and as dictated by the allowable use of funds). In addition, each Fellows group can request up to $2,500/year supporting their activities, to be spent according to the rules that dictate allowable uses of state funding.


Who Should Apply for the DI Fellows Program?

  • All Georgia Tech faculty, post-doctoral fellows, staff, graduate or undergraduate students are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants should have an individual action, teaching, or research objective that will contribute to (e.g., holding workshops, collaboration with Staff Council and/ or Georgia Tech Employee Resource Groups, starting a student peer group, organizing panels, developing a creative product, writing a proposal) or create the capacity to contribute to (e.g., by developing a new program proposal, developing a training module to be administered in subsequent semesters, developing new knowledge, writing a white paper as the basis for a proposal) furthering diversity and inclusion in their unit, division or at the Georgia Tech level.
  • Applicants should be excited about remaining engaged with the group on a sustained basis. While the fellowship will only last formally through June 2017, our goal is to establish long-term relationships among participants, and between participants and existing campus initiatives for long-term impact.
  • To push our thinking in new directions, we are seeking both fellows who have been immersed in this topic as well as those interested in connecting to it from different fields and perspectives.


How to Apply. Deadline: October 28, 2016, 5pm

The application includes:

  • A brief statement articulating your interest in becoming a DI Fellow, including what you believe you can contribute to the Fellows program and what you hope to achieve from participating in it;
  • A brief description of your individual action, teaching, or research objective that is consistent with diversity and inclusion theme (please indicate if you have an interest in being a Lead for a Fellows group);
  • Your CV or resume;
  • Postdoctoral fellows and graduate student applicants should also include a letter of recommendation from their faculty advisor.

Applications will be collected through T-square. To upload, please follow these steps:

  • Log into T-square with your GT credentials;
  • Click on “Membership” under Workspace Tools;
  • Click on “joinable sites”;
  • Search for “Diversity&InclusionFellow” and join;
  • Go to your “Diversity&InclusionFellow” site and upload your application to Dropbox.”

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