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Diversity Mentoring Fellowship

The Graduate School's Diversity Mentoring Fellowship program helps bring exceptional new graduate students to The University of Texas at Austin, and offers them the opportunity to be mentored by the faculty member who nominated them for the award. Dr. Audrey Sorrells and the Office of the Dean of Students sought a candidate whose scholarly and career interests intersected, in nature and contexts, in three primary areas: multicultural education/disability, higher education and student development. The award provides the fellow with experiences which are developmental to their field of study, and which supplement their academic and professional competence at levels commensurate with their non-minority graduate student peers.

The Office of the Dean of Students was awarded the 2010–2011 Diversity Mentoring Fellowship to mentor and support the work of Grace Hamilton, a doctoral student in the Department of Special Education. Her program area is multicultural and bilingual special education, and she hopes to study factors associated with the interrelationship between deafness and diversity.

Community of Scholars Interest Group (COSIG)

As part of her professional and scholarly development activities, the Diversity Mentoring Fellow, Grace Hamilton, along with doctoral students in disabilities studies, social work, and multicultural special education, participate biweekly in the Community of Scholars Interest Group (COSIG). This group provides opportunities to enhance oral and written communication, collaboration and leadership skills, while also building professional and peer networks that support the student's socio-emotional wellbeing and academic success. Peer scholars, College of Education faculty and Student Affairs educators engage in formal and informal discussions around planned topics, review and critique research literature and studies, discuss methodologies and provide feedback on the fellow's written work and oral communication skills. COSIG is currently completing a 6-month literature review of higher education services and programs for students with disabilities enrolled in two-year and four-year institutions. COSIGs meet Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Office of the Dean of Students Conference Room.