Current Fellowship Sites

The 2017-18 Fellowship sites for DIF include one or more students working for each of the following:

ARTS AND SCIENCE COUNCIL – CHARLOTTE, NC

The Arts and Science Council (ASC) is the community’s chief advocate for arts, science, history and heritage. Through its work it serves as a gatherer and steward of public and private community resources, an investor of those resources in the cultural sector and community, and as the strategic planner for the community’s cultural sector and the public art agent for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Its mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for the arts, science, history and heritage in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

CATAWBA LANDS CONSERVANCY – CHARLOTTE, NC

Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) is a land trust and a nonprofit, community-based conservation organization that permanently conserves and manages land for public benefit in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. CLC is dedicated to saving land and connecting lives to nature. CLC currently conserves a total of 162 properties and 12,453 acres of land. That land includes farmland, ecologically rich lands to protect wildlife habitat and local drinking water, and land to provide the public with a direct connection to explore the natural world around them.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – WASHINGTON, DC

Habitat for Humanity is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

GEORGIA JUSTICE PROGRAM – ATLANTA, GA

Georgia Justice Program strengthens our community by demonstrating a better way to represent and support individuals in the criminal justice system and reduce barriers to reentry.  GJP promotes innovative change through direct legal representation, policy advocacy, education and coalition building. With 30 years of experience, GJP has pioneered something unique:  legal services combined with social services and employment support for the neediest among us, poor people accused of a crime.

LOCAL COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERS – CHARLOTTE, NC

These post-graduate fellowships enable recent Davidson graduates to gain hands-on experience while working with nonprofit healthcare organizations in the Charlotte area. In addition to increasing the partner’s capacity and fulfilling their missions, fellows will work as a team with high-level organization leaders to address critical health care challenges facing the local community. Each experience will give the fellow an opportunity to develop his/her understanding of the challenges and efforts that are a part of bringing social change in our health communities. Interacting with the local healthcare community will provide fellows with the opportunity to build a professional network that encourages them to remain in or return to Charlotte to build their career.

Our partner organizations include Community Free Clinic, Free Clinic at Ada Jenkins, Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, Charlotte Community Health Clinic and Matthews Free Medical Clinic.

MOUNTAIN AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER – ASHEVILLE, NC

The Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC) provides quality, compassionate health care as a foundation for training top physicians, dentists and health professionals. Established in 1974, MAHEC’s mission is to train the next generation of health care professionals for western North Carolina through quality health care, innovative education and best practice models that can be replicated nationally.

SALZBURG GLOBAL SEMINAR – WASHINGTON, DC

The mission of the Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development, and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society.

TOUCH FOUNDATION – MWANZA, TANZANIA

The Touch Foundation works to bring vital health care services to the people in sub-Saharan Africa with the greatest unmet need. Touch focuses on training skilled health care workers such as physicians, nurses, lab technicians and ensuring that they are deployed to treat patients where the greatest needs exist. Touch’s approach is to work within the existing system and build upon it, ensuring long-term sustainability of its impact. Since its creation in 2004, Touch Foundation has helped train 150 medical doctors and 1,300 other skilled health workers.

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