School of Music Diversity Fellows Program
The School of Music (SoM) Diversity Fellows Program seeks underrepresented (URM) or minority students to provide leadership and develop opportunities for the school, with a focus on diversity. Fellows work with faculty and staff in the DEIB Committee at the school level to identify and support academic and professional development needs, and provide resources, mentorship opportunities, and specialized programming for students across the school. Additional efforts will be made to sustain leadership funding awards and build a strong and supportive student community. For questions about the Diversity Fellows Program, please contact Anna Paradis.
The application for 2023-2024 Fellows will open in April 2023.
This Fellowship opportunity is available to all students admitted and enrolled in the School of Music who identify as an underrepresented (URM) or minority student (see definitions below). Fellows should have strong leadership and communication skills and possess a desire to support fellow students and the school in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). Students must make good academic progress and have approval from their advisor to participate in this fellowship opportunity.
Definitions of Minority*
- Racial & Ethnic Minority Groups: Black or African American, Hispanic or LatinX, Asian American, Indigenous (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander)
- First-generation college student
- Met or overcame challenging experiences on the path to higher education, including but are not limited to:
- Individuals with a disability
- Being of a gender or orientation identity historically underrepresented (LGBTQI+)
- Veteran status
- Single parent or primary caregiver
- Socioeconomic status
- Holding DACA status
*Additional information about understanding social identities can be found on the DEIB Concepts & Definitions webpage.
Expectations & Responsibilities
Fellows will be expected to serve one-year terms and may reapply for the fellowship each year. A $1,000 fellowship award will be provided for the first year in the program, and $1,500 for each additional year of service as a SoM Diversity Fellow.
Fellows can expect to work 2-5 hours each month including occasional evening and weekend events. Other responsibilities include:
- Attend monthly lunch meetings throughout the academic year (while classes are in session). Fall (Sept-Nov) and Spring (February-April)
- Facilitate and plan a minimum of one performance or professional development event each year focused on diversity (partnering with other student organizations, campus student services, or other departments or university offices).
- Attend on-campus recruitment events if available (e.g. SoM Audition Days, event networking, panels, tours or one-on-one meetings with prospective students) as a representative of KU and the School of Music (school apparel provided).
- Provide mentorship to new undergraduate & graduate student groups to promote graduate study in music as an opportunity.
- Build or support an existing outreach partnership or project with a local community organization throughout the year.
We encourage SoM Diversity Fellows to seek out and promote diversity-related news, research articles, and events through social media within the school and the SoM DEIB Organization. Fellows are also involved in the selection process for the SoM DEIB Awards presented at the School of Music's annual Special Recognition Ceremony.
Prospective Fellows are required to complete a short application which includes, profile information, short essay questions, a statement of purpose, and advisor’s letter of recommendation. Applications open and are posted on the DEIB webpage. Based on the completed application, students will be selected for a personal interview and we hope to have the selection process complete by the end of the spring semester (mid-May).