McGrath Graduate Fellows

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The McGrath Graduate Fellowship Program will allow participants to engage and grapple with a diversity of experiences and questions that challenge humanity and the earth we live on.  Topics including gender, education, sustainability, pandemics, connectivity/ technology and access, equity and inclusion will provide a framework for USF graduate students to explore, investigate and develop skills and new ways of thinking toward the future.   An experiential immersion component will culminate the program.  

The pilot program in 2021 will introduce participants to the vision and work of Jesuit Refugee Services and their commitment to accompaniment, service and advocacy. Learning alongside the international Jesuit Network and other agencies with core commitments to humanity, evidence-based data, social analysis, reflection and long-term solutions to global issues, participants of the program will interrogate the big questions of the global community in alignment with USF’s strategic values focusing on environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, global focus and responsibility.  Coupling the immersion experience with the mission of USF to “change the world from here,” participants will engage an interdisciplinary lens to inform their leadership vision and practice in order to create a more humane future for all.

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Spring 2021 Cohort:

Ana Karen Barragan, International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Lacy Jeffreys, Public Leadership, College of Arts and Sciences

Victoria Juarez, Organization & Leadership, School of Education

Hamida Dahir Ahmed, Migration Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Vanesa Vazquez, Nursing, School of Nursing and Health Professions

Janise Powell, International and Multicultural Education, School of Education

John Schilder, Business Executive, School of Management

Fian Sullivan Sweeney, International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences



Who Should Apply:

Any graduate student in any USF graduate program interested in a pilot program working in collaboration with faculty to design a program that will allow participants to engage and grapple with a diversity of experiences and questions that challenge humanity and the earth we live on.

Spring 2021 Timeline:

Applications Due: February 5 at 5pm
Interviews: February 10-19th
Cohort Announcement: February 24th
Cohort Meeting: First week of March

Additional details:

  1. McGrath Graduate fellowship program will meet 2 hours each week with some independent work between meeting beginning Feb. 2021 through May 2021. Monthly meeting dates and times will be determined once group is selected.
  2. Costs for international immersion program will be covered for each participant.
  3. Dates and location of international immersion component will be determined according to USF Travel safety protocols. 
  4. Modest stipend for participation.

Proposed Learning outcomes:

Objectives of the program are to provide graduate students an opportunity to:

  1. Develop and nurture a sense of reflection and contemplation to assist in a deeper understanding of the human reality.
  2. Engage with the pressing questions facing humanity and our planet.
  3. Develop their inclusive leadership skills and their abilities to integrate difference.
  4. Collaborate with a cohort of diverse peers to pioneer a leadership and global citizenship     program that will help future students.
  5. Refine their abilities to synthesize complex ideas and divergent viewpoints.
  6. Encourage innovation and nurture creative problem-solving skills.
  7. Enhance their adaptability and nimbleness and their capacities to navigate ambiguity, uncertainty, and unfamiliar circumstances.
  8. Distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace of graduate students seeking employment opportunities.