Core Functions > Engage in educational and career pipeline activities for staff, faculty and trainees
Increase partnerships with professional organizations representing disability and/or health professionals from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds.
Engage high school, community college, Minority Serving Institutions, and other undergraduate student populations to build awareness and interest in careers and education in the disability field.
Provide technical assistance to support culturally diverse UCEDD/LEND junior faculty to increase grantwriting skills.Learn more about Strategy
Infrastructure > Develop infrastructure that supports diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence; and builds capacity to address and reduce inequities and disparities.
Implement a network-wide learning collaborative, action learning team, or community or practice as a forum for shared learning.Learn more about Strategy
Maren Christenson Hofer joined the MNLEND Fellowship cohort this 2018-2019 year. As the parent of an autistic child, she is keenly aware of challenges faced by families trying to navigate educational, medical, therapeutic, and other support and service systems to ensure that their autistic children's needs are met. Maren currently serves as a leader in the Multicultural Autism Action Network (MAAN), a non-profit organization built on the idea that navigating autism support and service systems can be incredibly complex for families, and even more overwhelming when differences in culture, language, and power dynamics are at play.Continue Reading
The LEND programs of the PacWest region have worked together and consistently sought ways to strengthen interdisciplinary leadership training and achieve a diverse MCH workforce over the past four years. We began the process by identifying barriers and gaps in supporting and mentoring racially and ethnically diverse LEND trainees.Continue Reading