Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Fellowship



Introduction and Overview of Position

The University of the Arts is home to students from many backgrounds, including a diversity of race, ethnicity, ability, socioeconomic status, age, religion, sexual orientation, values, and perspectives. The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility (DEIA) Fellow role was developed to empower students to play a meaningful and active role in University-wide diversity initiatives. DEIA Fellows advocate for their student peers, participate in the development of diversity-related education, programming, and strategic planning, and provide a direct means of communication between University leadership and the student body. The DEIA Fellow program comprises one undergraduate student from each school at the University, as well as one graduate student from any program. The DEIA Fellow position is compensated at a rate of $15/hour and Fellows are expected to work for roughly 33 hours per semester.

Roles and Responsibilities

Community Building

  • Meet weekly with the Diversity Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Programming Coordinator in the planning and implementation of the fellowship

  • Devise and facilitate a minimum of one (1) campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion program/workshop in collaboration with the Diversity Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Programming Coordinator and DEIA Committee

  • Provide guidance and feedback on current Campus Life Diversity Programs and Events.

  • Complete a minimum of two (2) professional development in-services


DEI Task Force

  • Serve as a member of the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

  • Attend two (2) DEIA Task Force meetings per semester.

  • Serve as an active member of at least one (1) DEI Committee working group


  • Serve as a liaison between the DEIA Committee, the President’s Office, and student body on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Provide information and transparency to students on University diversity initiatives.

  • Facilitate discussions with peers to understand and explore issues of inclusion and concern.

  • Support peers and the campus community in developing an understanding of community norms that embrace diversity and social justice.

  • Serve as a resource that helps to facilitate an environment free of hate and intolerance and that is conducive to student growth and success.

  • Promote a community where diversity is valued through mutual respect, communication, and shared empathy.

Role Model

  • Model positive behavior that aligns with University values and serve as a role model in the exploration of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Be knowledgeable about the Student Code of Conduct and campus and community resources.

  • Work collaboratively with other DEIA Fellows.


Terms of Employment

  • DEIA Fellows are expected to uphold University policies and the Student Code of Conduct.

  • DEIA Fellows must follow the guidelines and policies enumerated in the University Work Study Program Student Employment Handbook.  

  • DEIA Fellows will attend the Social Justice Leadership program once weekly, led by the Diversity Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Programming Coordinator.

  • DEIA Fellows will meet together with the Chair of the DEIA Committee and/or the Diversity Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Programming Coordinator weekly 

  • DEIA Fellows may be asked to be available for DEIA programming and events throughout the year.

  • DEIA Fellows will present to the DEI Committee on one topic relevant to the student body per academic year.

  • The DEIA Fellow position is considered an appointment for a maximum of two complete academic years, subject to review and evaluation, and the student maintaining full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. Please note, a DEIA Fellowship cannot be held by students who are no longer enrolled full-time including those who take a leave of absence or withdraw from the University.

  • The DEIA Fellow position is compensated at a rate of $15/hour and Fellows are expected to work for roughly 33 hours per semester.



  • Can be either a major or minor within their respective schools

  • Must be a positive role model and have experience or character to enable success in developing relationships with one’s peers and supporting a positive community experience.

  • Must be committed to learning and personal development on the job.

  • Must be full-time students having completed at least two full semesters prior to beginning the position (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors only).

  • Must be in good academic standing with the University.



Termination, by mutual agreement, may be affected at any time.  This appointment is also subject to termination prior to its normal expiration if the enrollment of the student employee at the University of the Arts ceases. The appointment may also be terminated for serious failure to satisfactorily meet position responsibilities and/or commitments, failure to meet academic or employment standards, or conduct that violates University policies or that does not meet the standards of behavior set by the University. Appointment status may change based on the student’s academic relationship to the school they represent (i.e., if a student changes majors/minors during their term). Upon termination of employment by the student employee, the University, or mutual agreement, remuneration will be prorated to cover only that period for which the individual was employed.

Application Procedures
Students who are interested in the position may submit a letter of interest using the following application form, complete with two faculty recommendations by November 1st of academic year. Recommendations may be uploaded and submitted by the student using the link above, or directly by the faculty members using the following faculty recommendation form.

Please note: an application is not complete until both references have been received. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure references are submitted on time for consideration. 

Selection Process

Applications will first be reviewed by each School Dean, who will nominate no more than 3 candidates for the DEIA Fellow position. Finalists will be forwarded to the DEIA selection committee, composed of DEIA Committee members. Candidates selected to advance may be invited to participate in personal interviews. DEIA Fellows will be announced by October 2021.


Diversity Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Task Force diversity@uarts.edu