About the Fellowships

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National Training Initiative – UCEDD Diversity Fellowships Project Synopses of Grantees

The Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (OIDD), a part of The Administration on Community Living (ACL), awarded National Training Initiative grants to University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) to develop diversity fellowship programs to support recruitment and retention of diverse trainees, and build cultural and linguistic competence within their Centers.

Designed as a pipeline grant, the goals of the diversity fellowship are to:

  • Improve the recruitment and employment of underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities, within the UCEDD and in the workforce
  • Increase the diversity of leadership, staff and governing bodies across the DD network
  • Build cultural competence capacity with the leadership, staff, and governing bodies across the DD network
  • Increase the number of persons with disabilities from underrepresented groups and disadvantage backgrounds who benefit from AIDD supported programs

OIDD has asked AUCD to support a learning community of these grantees.


National Training Initiative Evaluation Report Diversity Fellowships 2015-2019

In this report, UCEDD Project Leads and Diversity Fellows shared their knowledge and lessons learned to impact efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence, including how the AUCD network supports and utilizes the expertise of Fellows from diverse backgrounds.

View the evaluation report prepared by Christine Liao, MSW and Sarah DeMaio, MSW


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