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Programs and Services

To honor Frederick Douglass' commitment to education and diversity, The Kutztown University Frederick Douglass Institute sponsors the following programs and services

FDI Scholar in Residence

Student and ProfessorsApplicants for the FDI Scholar in Residence program should have a demonstrated record of leadership, social involvement and commitment to diversity in education. Scholars typically teach classes, do collaborative scholarship and service during their time at Kutztown University. A program is uniquely designed to match the needs of the university to the professional interests of the scholar. FDI Scholars-in Residence visit the campus for a week during the semester or a five-week period in the summer. Most often, this program offers teaching positions to graduate students preparing to become college professors.


Brian Johnson speaking to KU students

The Frederick Douglass Institute at Kutztown University sponsors a discussion series to facilitate dialog around issues of cultural diversity and social equality. In doing so, the Institute creates a forum for individuals of varying backgrounds to interact, encourages members of the campus community to share their cultural and personal experiences, exposes participants to the experiences and contributions of underrepresented groups and stimulates the exchange of ideas concerning issues of diversity. The colloquia are open to all members of the university community.

Road Trips

House Front

The Frederick Douglass Institute at Kutztown University sponsors trips to sites that honor the mission and legacy of Frederick Douglass. These trips prompt participants to actively consider historical events in relation to contemporary issues, they provide an opportunity for practical application of classroom knowledge and they create positive experiences with individuals of diverse cultures students and faculty advisers.





 Graduate Assistantship

Graduate Assitants

The assistantship is awarded annually to a full time graduate student at Kutztown University who demonstrates a desire and ability to promote cultural diversity and social equity. The graduate assistantship provides a full tuition waiver and a $7,500 stipend for the academic year.