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Strategy C: Engage in educational and career pipeline activities for staff, faculty, and trainees.

Theme: Core Functions > Objective: 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.



  • Ohio (OH): Several LEND faculty participate in OSU's Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). This collaboration between the Graduate School and the faculty supports the recruitment and retention of historically under-represented students in higher-education. Due to the collaborative efforts of the faculty they have been successful in recruiting trainees from a variety of underrepresented groups. LEND faculty continue to attract and recruit a diverse group of trainees across campus.
  • Vermont (VT): Four faculty members participated in statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Health Careers Program (recruitment into health professions day, pipeline activity) with presentations to over 120 first generation high school students aspiring to college degrees in health careers. One faculty member presented at AHEC College Quest summer program to 23 students on health careers (pipeline activity), and the Management Team met with the VT Office Minority Health Director Pat Nelson December 2013. Dr. Avila actively recruits in the local Diversity Rocks group, while Ms. Fatuma Bulle actively recruits in the Somali Bantu community. Targeted recruitment in refugee communities resulted in 3 racially diverse trainees in 2014-2015. Anticipated Outcomes for FY 2016 include: 16 trainees, with nine from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds.
  • Iowa (IA): Iowa’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (ILEND) faculty/staff continue their partnership with the University of Iowa's Upward Bound (UB) program and the Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROP)/McNair Scholars Program to encourage diverse and underrepresented students to consider healthcare careers where they will work with individuals with developmental disabilities. SROP students receive first-hand exposure to the graduate school experience and to faculty life by being paired with a faculty mentor whose work is closely related to their academic interests and career goals. The program successfully recruited its first SROP psychology student into the ILEND program for FY14, and recruited another SROP student in FY15.


Provide technical assistance to support culturally diverse UCEDD/LEND junior faculty to increase grantwriting skills.




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