IDEA Presidential Fellowship
As part of our IDEA Cooperative work, we are happy to introduce the practice of hosting a Presidential IDEA Fellow. Initially funded through one-time philanthropic sources, it is the hope that hosting an IDEA Fellow can become a practice we repeat in years to come and expand. A Presidential IDEA Fellow is a visiting member of our community who will work during a given academic semester or year on broadening the knowledge and practice of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access principles at the Institute with the aim of leaving meaningful content that can grow over the long-term. The fellow will work through the IDEA office in collaboration with the President’s and Provost’s Offices, school Deans and Program Directors, and other faculty, staff and student leaders to provide activity, support, and expertise in areas specific to IDEA.
The IDEA Presidential Fellowship is an intensive program that seeks to both develop external relationships and increase internal institutional knowledge and skills in areas related to IDEA for the Institute. The Fellow will be an individual with the background, experience, network and standing of a respected expert in their field. They will represent the CalArts leadership’s commitment to shaping an effective and sustainable future as it pertains to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access principles.
All Fellows will:
- Observe and participate in key meetings and events, and take on special projects and assignments by working in tandem with experienced campus academic and administrative leaders.
- Participate with CalArts community members in the cultivation of, and support of, external relationships that support IDEA principles (including funders).
- Participate in team-based projects, trials, research, and case studies; visit other campuses and institutions, and attend regional and national meetings.
- Help CalArts develop and maintain its network of diverse leaders across the U.S. and abroad in their respective IDEA-related fields.
The Institute will:
- Provide office space and access to CalArts communities;
- Financially support programmatic offerings on-campus;
- Support work with all schools and programs at CalArts, including potential academic offerings;
- Provide an agreed upon stipend, variable for each fellow’s work and time commitment and available resources
Options for Participation
Each Fellowship term is uniquely structured at the discretion of the President and in consultation with the Provost and senior-most IDEA Officer to allow Fellows to spend an extended period of time on campus working with faculty, staff, the President, Provost, and academic and administrative leaders. This extended proximate experience enables Fellows to observe firsthand how CalArts and its leaders enable IDEA principles and manage any resulting changes. A Fellow’s work is supported by the President, Provost, Deans, and Vice Presidents.
Placement can take a number of forms:
- Academic year placement - This placement option enables Fellows to immerse themselves in the events and culture of CalArts for the full arc of the academic year.
- Semester placement - This option enables Fellows to immerse themselves completely for one semester in CalArts. Fellows also undertake Fellowship-related learning through specially designed opportunities.
- Calendar-year placement - This option provides for residency during a summer that is adjacent to an academic year. Summer work can help in the execution of special collaborative projects that might be possible depending on funding. This can be useful for off-campus interactions of longer duration with communities (e.g. Community Arts Partnership, work with native nations, international work, etc.).