UIndy picked for national Aspiring Teachers of Color prep program


The University of Indianapolis is one of just 27 institutions chosen for a national program to recruit and prepare talented teachers for high-need schools.

The only Indiana institution eligible to receive the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color, UIndy joins a list including Brown, Stanford, and the universities of California, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Each fellow receives a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s in education, plus preparation to teach in a high-need public school, support and mentoring during a three-year teaching commitment, and guidance toward certification.

The new venture builds on UIndy’s record of innovative teacher preparation programs and its relationship with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

WW-RBF fellows enrolling at the University of Indianapolis will enter the same intensive master’s degree program that UIndy’s School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences developed for the Indiana Teaching Fellowship.

UIndy also is among only 45 institutions that can nominate students for the WW-RBF Fellowships, a group that includes Yale, Princeton, and
many large state universities.

The application process is open to senior undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Latino, or Native American heritage and substantial backgrounds in the arts and sciences.

According to the Woodrow Wilson foundation, the percentage of teachers of color is projected to fall to just five percent of the total nationwide teaching force by 2020, while the percentage of students of color probably will exceed 50 percent of school enrollment.

Research shows that students of color perform better academically and socially when taught by teachers from their own ethnic groups.

The Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color have provided nearly $8 million in grants and financial assistance to 350 fellows.

For more on the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fellowships, visit www.woodrow.org/wwrbf.