Xochitl Shuru and Domenick Scudera

Inclusive Community Fellowships

This fellowship will provide an opportunity for an Ursinus faculty member to pursue a project that advances the work of diversity and inclusion on campus.

Current Fellows

Professor of Theater Domenick Scudera (above right) is the newest Inclusive Community Fellow. Hear about how this fellowship is progressing in Professor Scudera’s video from CoSA 2021. 

Since 2019, Associate Professor Xochitl Shuru (above left) has been working as an Inclusive Community Fellow, an opportunity for faculty that was introduced in 2018.

Dr. Shuru collaborates with the Institute for Inclusion and Equity, Student Affairs, and the Latin American Studies academic program to support the growing Latinx community at Ursinus. Dr. Shuru serves as a mentor to students while developing events and activities on campus that raise awareness of the issues that affect this community. In addition to connecting Latinx students to other student groups and communities on campus, Dr. Shuru brings members of this community together to strengthen their presence on campus and to create spaces to discuss their unique experiences.


In an effort to engage faculty, staff and students in ways that encourage meaningful relationship-building across the different constituencies, the college is delighted to announce a call for proposals for the inaugural Inclusive Community Fellowship.

This is a year-long fellowship and the successful proposal will focus on a theme, and include curricular and pedagogical elements that are framed within the context of the four Open Questions. Faculty from all academic disciplines—the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences—are eligible to submit a proposal. Priority will be given to proposals that connect existing programs or offices.

The successful fellow will receive a course release and up to $4,000 to develop a project. All proposals must have the support of the department chair. The chair will need to send a brief email to the dean of the college commenting on staffing implications in the event of a course reduction for the fellow. Support will be contingent on the ability of the department to accommodate a course reduction.

Successful proposals will address the following:

  1. A clear and focused theme that includes curricular and pedagogical elements that are framed in the context of the four open questions. This theme might consider a range of perspectives and identities such as race, socioeconomic status, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, and disability.
  2. Intentional engagement with the work of the Institute for Inclusion and Equity (IIE) and/or the Teaching and Learning Institute (TLI), the Institute for Student Success, and other entities that further the work of diversity and inclusion on campus.
  3. Opportunities for involving staff members in the project.
  4. Appeal and accessibility of proposed workshops, events, etc., to the entire campus community.
  5. How the opportunity will be personally and professionally meaningful for you. If appropriate, frame your answer within the framework of the four open questions.

Submitting Your Proposal

Apply by September 30, 2022 to be considered for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Please email a written statement (2-3 pages) that addresses the elements noted above to Heather Lobban-Viravong at hlobbanviravong@ursinus.edu.

Proposals will be reviewed by the division of inclusion and community engagement and the dean’s office with final decisions made jointly by the vice president of inclusion and community engagement, the dean of the college and the director of the institute for inclusion and equity.

The current faculty fellows will be asked to share the results of their project at an on-campus event in the spring.

Domenick Scudera

Xochitl Shuru