Social Justice and Diversity Graduate Research Fellows

Gain practical skills, connect with others in the field, and get published

The Social Justice and Diversity Graduate Research Fellows program brings together graduate students from across the disciplines in a community to support and promote research in the areas of social justice and diversity. The fellowship facilitates networking and interdisciplinary collaborations, provides a platform for feedback and mentoring, and creates a space where new projects can be developed and promoted.

Who is eligible?

Any master's or doctoral student at William & Mary is eligible for the one-year fellowship. Though housed in the School of Education, we strongly encourage graduate students in other disciplines of the university to apply.

How do fellows benefit?

Fellows enroll in a 3-credit Social Justice & Diversity Research Fellows course that meets weekly throughout the academic year. Topics of study include research and manuscript writing in the area of social justice and diversity, with a particular emphasis on the development of practical, rigorous research skills and the advancement of research in the field of social justice and diversity.  

Fellows are placed into three- to five-person research teams under the guidance of a faculty or post-doctoral mentor based on topic of interest. Through class sessions and additional meetings, teams work together through the spring and fall semesters to share progress on individual research projects, share best practices and serve as a sounding board.

Fellows also receive funding towards registration to attend and present social justice and diversity research at a local, regional, or national conference. 

Throughout the program, fellows gain practical skills and support while developing and publishing research in the areas of social justice and diversity. 

The program is directed by Dr. Natoya Haskins, assistant professor of counselor education, and Dr. Jackie Rodriguez, assistant professor of special education.

Questions? Contact Dr. Rodriguez at [[jarodriguez]].

The Social Justice and Diversity Fellowship is supported by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the School of Education, and the School Psychology and Counselor Education Program.