CERRU Undoing Bias Application Fall 2018
Our request is to please read all application material as it will be crucial to understanding if this is something you can dedicate your time and energy towards.

The Undoing Bias fellowship(s) at Queens College seeks to introduce students to the systems of bias that have historically separated and divided people and produced inequality. We believe that this generation of leaders must develop the tools to effectively engage with those different from you, which includes engaging with bias.

For fall 2018, we will select two groups of 10-12 students who are committed to learning how to confront the challenges of a diverse world. CERRU Fellows enter a semester-long program in which they learn how to engage diversity by understanding the history of bias and how we all contribute to it. Students who are admitted to the fall fellowships will have the opportunity to enter our spring fellowships.

Undoing Bias: Gender Fellowship

Sexism, Misogyny, Transphobia, Homophobia are all sources of inequities and traumas that impede our ability to connect with each other and live an actualized life. Often when we think of sexism, we view women as the single object of sexist harm. This fellowship will take a semester to explore the ways in which gender and sexuality bias, impacts gender non- conforming people, women and men. The fellowship also provides a foundation for the following:
-How systems of gender bias were created in the United States
-The values of gender biased system
-Ways in which we as individuals uphold sexist ideology and bias
-Ways this system of gender bias impacts us and our relationships to self and others

Undoing Bias: Race and Class Fellowship

Racism, Xenophobia, Nationalism, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism are all sources of inequities that harm our ability to treat each other as human through undistorted eyes. Often when we think of race, we view black people as the single object of racist harm. This fellowship will take a semester to explore the ways race and class impact people of all races, including Black, People of Color and White people.

The fellowship provides a foundation for the following:

-How systems of racial bias were created in the United States
-The values of racially biased system
-Ways in which we as individuals uphold racist ideology and bias
-Ways this system of racial bias impacts us and our relationships to self and others

Fellows will learn and practice the following skills:
-5 Tools to undo personal bias
-To to build up your own personal integrity on meeting goals
-Gain shared language and understanding of systems of bias relating to class and race or gender
-Gain perspective on their own personal implicit bias and how it connects to systems of bias

Fellows are expected to make a serious commitment to the program.

Attendance

We will be monitoring your attendance throughout the program. It is your responsibility to sign in at all sessions in a timely manner. It is your responsibility to let us know at the beginning of each semester if there are any scheduling conflicts. Meetings, trainings, and events usually take place during free hour.
During the semster, you will be expected to attend the following:
• Semester kick-off trainings (two-day workshop)
• Attend 90% of all (1 hour weekly) workshops for 12-14 weeks
• RSVP to all workshops and give 24 hour notice when unable to attend
• Complete all pre-work (less than one hour a week)
• Attend two CERRU event on campus to learn more about an unfamiliar group or issue

REQUIREMENTS

Make a serious commitment to understanding and undoing personal bias
Be mentally, physically and emotionally present for 100% of the workshops
Communicate in advance when you cannot make the deadlines or workshops
Commit to compassionate engagement with all members of group

Paper
• At the end of the semester, you are required to write a two page paper reflecting on your experience in the program.

Stipend
Fellows who fulfill all of the above expectations will receive a stipend.

Practical benefits:
More than ever, today’s employers are looking for people who can effectively engage diversity. Employers from the non-profit to the business sector are looking for people who can listen, practice empathy, who are self-aware and sensitive to difference.

Other benefits of participating in the CERRU Undoing Bias Fellowship:
• Students gain more self-awareness and ability to speak effectively about themselves and others
• Students have access to other exciting internships and volunteering opportunities
• Can receive recommendation letters to aid in college and job applications

To Apply:
• Complete and submit the following application. Sign up for an interview. Rolling Acceptance and Final Application Deadline May 27th.

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