What were the details of your internship and accomplishments?

  • Composing “Community Values Statement” in collaboration with OISS staff & review with different University stakeholders
  • Developing & delivering/moderating DEI-focused workshops for international community
    • “Navigating Unfamiliar Discourse”
    • “Implicit Bias”
    • “Race & Intersectionalityin the U.S.”
    • “DEIB Work in Practice: Panel Discussion with Yale Leaders”
  • Researching and curating DEI resources for OISS social media
    • Instagram series “Learning about U.S. Social Justice Discourse through…”
    • Instagram series “Humans of OISS”
  • Reviewing & expanding OISS website design; adding additional materials about on-and off-campus resources

What are the main skills that you acquired?

  • Goals were met all around
    • Weekly meetings with Molly ensured I was always up-to-date and on track, and she was highly flexibl ewhich made it much easier to manage research with this fellowship on the side
  • I learned a lot about how my skills can be applied in a non-research arena, such as
    • independent work ethic & initiative-taking
    • familiarity with sociology & DEI issues
    • cultural sensitivity & personal international experience
    • instructional design & condensing complex information for a non-specialized audience
    • public speaking, oral & written communication
  • Some things I really appreciated about the fellowship were
    • Collaborative work environment with quick turn around
    • working with very supportive group of people who treat you like a fellow professional/colleague
    • being trusted with sensitive tasks and responsibility

What were the biggest challenges and learning opportunities of the fellowship?

  • Definitely perceived them more as opportunities than challenge
    • so being honest if I was unsure or uncomfortable about something
    • that it’s okay to askfor help
    • realizing when to say ‘no’ and how to set boundaries
  • I also had the opportunity to meet and connect with different employees from within the university who work on DEI-related projects