The NASEM Ford Foundation Fellowship
Who are we?
The Ford Foundation is an organization that envisions a just, fair and peaceful world with opportunity for all. Its mission is to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. The Ford fellowship program awards researchers in Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs from a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.
What do we do?
Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Mona's Collaboration
Dr. Mona Minkara received the Ford Foundation Fellowship in 2016.
In 2019, Dr. Minkara joined the Ford Fellows conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico as the moderator of the session on Dis/Ability in academia. The session focused on the impact disabilities (visible and invisible) have on education and how the Academy can learn to better accommodate diverse minds.
Dr. Mona Minkara will continue to moderate the session at the Ford Fellows 2020 virtual conference. As the numbers of participants grows, so does the sessions ability to continue the conversation and make a positive impact as well as see an increase in persons with disabilities in academia.