Are you a LGBT PA student of African heritage - or know of a student- who is interested in
Consider applying for this Student Leader Fellowship, jointly offered by the LBGT PA and African Heritage Caucuses.
"There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." -- Audre Lorde
The purpose of the fellowship is for leaders in medicine to reflect the communities we serve. When the first few cohorts of the LBGT PA Caucus Student Leaders Fellowship were each appointed or elected to serve in a board leadership role within 3 years of graduation, we realized the fellowship's potential, as well as it's gaps - no alumni identified as black or of African heritage. This jointly-sponsored fellowship was piloted in 2020 in the hopes that, together, we can support PA students who identify as black or of African heritage, as well as LGBT, and who desire service through leadership.
"We are all one - and if we don't know it, we will learn it the hard way." -- Bayard Rustin
A $1000 travel stipend is available to offset the cost of attending AAPA's annual conference in May. Failure to attend the AAPA annual conference results in forfeiture of the travel stipend. Attendance at the AAPA's Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS) in March 2021 is recommended but not required. Funding is guaranteed for the 2020-21 fellowship term and will be distributed at conference.
"I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some one aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self." -- Audre Lorde
The Fellowship term begins in April 2020 with the fellow's presence on the LBGT PA Caucus HOD Task Force conference calls, in person presence in May 2020 at the AAPA annual conference, and continues with one call each month with a PA mentor through June 2021.
2020-21 Mentors include
Shaylo P. Reyes, MSPAS, PA-C
and other graduate PAs who get you!!
"If we want to do away with the injustice to gays it will not be done because we get rid of the injustice to gays. It will be done because we are forwarding the effort for the elimination of injustice to all. And we will win the rights for gays, or blacks, or Hispanics, or women within the context of whether we are fighting for all." -- Bayard Rustin
Applicants must be openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender diverse student members of the LBGT PA Caucus who also identify as black or of African heritage, and who are currently enrolled in an accredited PA program at the time of the application deadline. Priority is given to student members who are actively involved with the Caucuses.
Selection criteria include, but are not limited to: emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, judgement, integrity, character (collaborative, courage, humility), attitudes and beliefs about intersectionality involving sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE), racial and other identities.
Fellows are are chosen through a competitive selection process that considers an essay and a personal interview. Letters of recommendation from faculty are optional.
PRIOR APPLICANTS TO THE LBGT PA STUDENT LEADER FELLOWSHIP WHO MEET THESE CRITERIA ARE AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED. THERE IS NO NEED TO RESUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
"Without community, there is no liberation." -- Audre Lorde
"Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we are standing." -- Audre Lorde
1. Write an essay of 1-3 pages (typed, double spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins) including the following details:
2. Participate in an online interview.
3. Letter of recommendation from faculty is OPTIONAL.
4. Email completed AHC/LBGT PA Caucus Student Leader Fellowship Application, essay and any other attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2020.