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Golisano Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing

Thanks to the generous support of Mr. Golisano and the Golisano Foundation have ensured there are no tuition or fees associated with the fellowship.

Fellowship Overview

The Golisano Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing is a 12-month program designed to develop thought leaders in nursing who support and promote the health and well-being of persons with ID/DD across their lifespan and settings.

Experiences

  • Educational, practice, policy and advocacy, knowledge translation, and leadership activities.
  • Individualized mentoring by international leaders in the field.
  • An action learning project focused on improving and promoting the health and well-being of individuals with ID/DD where they live, learn, work, play, and pray (Environmental Justice; Novotny, 2000).

Outcomes Goal

Create nursing leaders in education, practice, and service who will work in partnership with cross-sector health systems and organizations to advance inclusive practices, foster innovation, promote health, and support self-determination to support wellness and close the health disparities gap among people with ID/DD.

Structure and Expectations

The 2021-2022 inaugural Golisano Fellowship will be structured in a hybrid format. The initial 4-day session is planned for June 14-18, 2021 with periodic activities throughout fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. If it becomes possible for participants to travel to Rochester, New York for concluding week-long events tentatively planned for June 2022, each participant will be provided with a stipend to cover travel and accommodations. If it is still not safe to travel, the concluding events will be held virtually.

All participants are expected to actively engage in the learning activities and satisfactorily complete the assigned deliverables, including an individual or small group Action Learning Project in an area of interest and targeted domain over the 12-month course of the fellowship. All activities will be structured to meet the learning goals of the participants and the identified outcomes for the fellowship. A Scholarly Project will be designed during the fellowship and will focus on the participants’ area of interest in IDD nursing. Participants should plan on committing an average of approximately two hours per week to fellowship activities. Any participant who is unable to share in the learning activities or complete the assigned projects may be asked to leave the fellowship.

Successful completion of the requirements of the fellowship will confer upon the participant the title of Golisano Fellow in Developmental Disability Nursing.

Planned Schedule

June 14-18, 2021

First Session of the Golisano Fellowship

  • Introductions/Fellowship Overview/Meet and Greet
  • Activities include lectures, panels, discussions, small group activities, team building, and networking I
  • Identification of a scholarly project, small workgroup
  • Assignment/meeting with a mentor

Fall 2021

  • Participants meet with mentors monthly
  • Participants meet with small workgroup as needed
  • 2-3 evening guest lectures/panels TBD
  • Participants present the progress of their projects at beginning of December 

Spring 2022

  • Participants meet with mentors monthly
  • Participants meet with small workgroup as needed
  • 2-3 evening guest lectures/panels TBD
  • Participants present the progress of their projects in mid-March

Summer 2022

  • Activities include lectures, panels, discussions, small group activities, team building, and networking
  • Presentation of a scholarly project
  • Planning for continued commitment and networking for fellows