Carnegie Mellon University

The Center Fellowship

The Center Fellowship program cultivates skills in students, also known as Fellows, with a passion and commitment to identity work as it relates to socially and historically minoritized populations. Through this passion, Fellows will work to advance social justice and the mission of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion across the university. The Fellowship will equip Fellows with leadership frameworks, social supports, and community connections to further enhance their leadership capabilities. Through reflection, facilitated dialogue, and collaboration, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion will cultivate Fellows as campus leaders committed to a student experience rooted in inclusion and equity.

What is a Center Fellow?

A Center Fellow is a student with a passion and commitment to identify work as it relates to socially and historically minoritized populations. Through that passion, they work to advance social justice and the mission of the Center of Student Diversity and Inclusion. By participating in our programming centered on leadership and leadership development, Center Fellows gain the skills to become agents of change on and off campus.

Why should I become a Center Fellow?

  • To develop leadership skills through dialogue and training. Skills include but are not limited to conflict resolution, facilitation best practices, and public speaking

  • To make a lasting impact and change on the campus

  • To have access to advisors of many student organizations and tailored preparation to step into a leadership role

  • To gain knowledge of and exposure to paid and volunteer positions within the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion and partnering departments

  • To draw from a network of other Center Fellows and professional staff members

Learning Outcomes for the Center Fellowship

  1. Explain and describe what leadership skills you have.

  2. Analyze the leadership abilities in others whose skills may differ from your own.

  3. Apply their leadership skills to their work in student organizations and in classes in pursuit of more inclusive spaces.

  4. Identify resources and opportunities to further develop their leadership abilities.

  5. Utilize a social justice and equity focused framework for fostering leadership in others.

Center Fellow Curriculum

  • Attend and participate in several workshops (BiasBusters, Tartan Allies, GreenDot, Center 411, etc.)

    • Fellows will be asked to complete a page long reflection after each above workshop. These reflections must be submitted electronically a week after each workshop to the designated Center professional staff member.

  • Attend at least one hour long Center check-in monthly

  • Co-facilitate one monthly check-in per semester

Students can sign up for workshops at their discretion. Please note that students are not considered Center Fellows until all workshops and reflections are completed.

Requirements to be a Center Fellow

  • Center Fellows must maintain a 2.5 QPA

  • Center Fellows must abide by and uphold the community standards of the university