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Inclusive Climate Leadership Fellowship


Application deadline was Monday, March 19, 2018.

The Provost’s Office and the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity are pleased to announce a new fellowship program for staff and faculty aimed at building and embracing our diverse community.

The Inclusive Climate Leadership Fellowship (ICL Fellowship) is designed to:

  • Further the development of sustainable educational, programmatic, and research interventions that foster an inclusive environment at the University
  • Promote the careers of faculty and staff who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and cultural literacy
  • Foster a more inclusive and embracing educational, service, and work environment at the University

The ICL Fellowship is a competitive two-year program open to staff and faculty at the University of Rochester who are passionate about incorporating diversity and inclusion into their UR careers. Generally, a cohort of 6 ICL fellows will be selected every 2 years. ICL fellows will spend 10% of their work time on the program, which includes a 3-hour monthly seminar series and completion of a capstone/action project. ICL Fellows will receive a stipend including salary relief for the sponsoring unit and funding for project expenses and relevant travel. Part-time employees will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The capstone/action projects are meant to create sustainable change that facilitates a more inclusive climate in the university.  Examples of projects include programs, curricular changes, community outreach and organizational processes.  Topics can include a broad range of diversity and inclusion projects, including (but not limited to) a focus on: race, cultural diversity, ethnicity, disability, gender, LGBT, veterans, socio-economic status, and global engagement.

In this program, ICL fellows work closely with their cohort and experts in diversity and inclusion to:

  • Design and implement novel organizational or educational programs or interventions that promote diversity and inclusion
  • Develop skills in leadership, professional development and mentoring
  • Develop research skills and complete high-quality research designed to result in institutional change
  • Learn theoretical foundations of organizational change and social justice, teaching methods and curriculum development
  • Meet leaders from around the university to learn about organizational structure


Upon completion of the program, ICL Fellows will have conducted an action project designed to create sustainable change that facilitates a more inclusive climate in the university, and will also have acquired new skills in diversity, inclusion, and leadership. This project must ultimately benefit the diversity and inclusion mission of the University and amplify current activities in the sponsoring department or unit.

Criteria for Selection

  • The quality and potential impact on UR of the proposed project.
  • The applicant’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as part of his/her anticipated career trajectory.
  • The applicant’s willingness to serve as a mentor for future ICL fellows and other faculty and staff members.
  • The project mentor’s commitment to the potential fellow and programmatic, educational, or research experience in the domains of diversity and inclusion
  • The project must ultimately benefit the diversity and inclusion mission of the University, and must amplify current activities.


An annual stipend of up to $12,000 will be available for each ICL fellow, including up to $8000 for salary relief for the sponsoring unit and $4000 for the fellow.  Salary stipends can help offset the cost to the sponsoring unit, but may not exceed the cost of 10% of the fellow’s salary and benefits. The $4000 stipend for the fellow may be used for project expenses and relevant travel.

Monthly ICL Seminar Series

Seminar series will include time for ICL fellows to talk about their projects with other fellows and to get feedback from program faculty. Sample topics for monthly seminars include:

Career DevelopmentResearch SkillsEducational PracticeAssessment, FeedbackSocial Justice
• Leading through influence
• Emotional intelligence
• Time management
• Harnessing conflict
• Working in teams
• Study design
• Qualitative research
• Mixed methods
• Working with a statistician
• Getting published
• Teaching and assessing systems based practice
• Course and curricular design
• Curricular change
• Appreciative inquiry
• Teaching in culturally diverse settings
• Giving feedback
• Mentoring and advising
• Assessment and comprehensive assessment
• Seeking and writing letters of recommendation
• Program evaluation
• Cultural Competence
• Structural racism
• Unconscious bias
• Inclusion theories
• Safe Space training

How to Apply

Please complete the application form online and send any questions to Maggie Cousin at

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 19, 2018


December 14, 2017: Announcement
January, 2018: Call for applications
February 5, 2018: Information session
March 19, 2018: Applications due
March, 2018: ICL Fellowship Advisory Board meets to make selections
April, 2018: New ICL Fellows notified
July 1, 2018: First cohort will begin the ICL Fellowship

Information Session

There will also be an informational session for those who may be interested in applying for the ICL Fellowship on February 5, 2018 in Rush Rhees Library, Humanities Center, Room D, from 2-3pm. Please RSVP with “ICL Information” in the subject line to Maggie Cousin  if you would like to attend the information session

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and the Fellows selected by the ICL Fellowship Advisory Board, which generally meets in March. Fellows will be notified in April, and those selected for the program will meet with their mentors and the director of the ICL Fellowship Program in June/July to anticipate challenges and make modifications to enhance the likelihood of success for the project.

ICL Fellowship Advisory Board

Vivian Lewis, MD Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and ICL Fellowship Director
Maggie H. Kearney, PhD, RN, FAAN, Vice Provost and University Dean for Graduate Studies
Jane Gatewood, PhD, Vice Provost for Global Engagement
Kit Miller, Director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Kevin Beckford, Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion
Stuart Jordon, PhD Faculty Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Cheryl M. Kodjo, MD, MPH., Associate Dean/Student Advising at the school for Medicine and Dentistry, and Associate Professor – Department of Pediatrics, and Dean’s Teaching Fellow Alumna

For more information

Dr. Vivian Lewis and Maggie Cousin are available to discuss and help applicants refine proposals prior to applying, and also to help potential fellows identify a mentor.

Vivian Lewis, MD
Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Administrative Assistant: Christine Federation

Maggie Cousin
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
136 Wallis Hall; Box 270016