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

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 and to the professional interests of the scholar. FDI Scholars-in Residence spend one full academic year and are awarded one course release time each semester to work with the KU FDI. Most often, this program offers teaching positions to graduate students preparing to become college professors. Applications come out every Fall and searches commence every Spring semester. Applicants for the FDI Scholar in Residence program should have a demonstrated record of leadership, social involvement and commitment to diversity in education. For more information


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. Interested in presenting? Write to us at

Graduate Assistantship

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.