DISI Undergraduate Fellowship

This scholarship is currently closed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI) will award two annual fellowships to undergraduate students. The fellowship recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student, with a minimum of sophomore standing. The student also must be a major in either Family & Human Development or Sociology with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need is not a factor in this fellowship and it is not renewable. Each fellowship applicant should discuss a project that they plan to undertake with a faculty member that is related to the goals of the DISI. Diversity is defined broadly (race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, religion, disabilities, language) and there is an interest in studying the processes that support equity and reduce prejudice. The project can be research related or can be applied (for example an internship or community service). For applied projects there needs to be evidence of fellowship in partnership with a faculty member. The description of the project should be approximately 500 words. It should include details about: 1) the project and 2) its connection to the goals of the DISI. If selected to receive this fellowship it is expected that students will share the findings of their work through a written document and an oral presentation as well as participate in DISI sponsored brown bags and workshops.


DISI Undergraduate Fellowship provides support for undergraduate students majoring in Family and Human Development or Sociology with a minimum of sophomore standing. Recipients will receive a stipend of $2,000 per semester (10 hours per week) to work with a faculty mentor on a DISI-related project during Fall and Spring semesters. DISI's fellows will contribute to the ongoing goals of DISI, which include reducing prejudice, stereotyping, and exclusion and supporting inclusion and engagement in social groups and activities. DISI projects can be research-related or applied (e.g., internship or community service). At the culmination of their fellowship, students will share their work through a written document and oral presentation, as well as, participate in the DISI sponsored brown bags and workshops.

2017-2018 Recipients

Eduardo Contreras

Major: Sociology
Minor: Spanish
Class Year: Sophomore
Awards: Chicanos Por La Causa Tomas Espinoza Scholarship (Arizona State University)
DISI Project: The Library Project (evaluation of parent-child school readiness program)
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Taylor

Eduardo was born and raised in West Phoenix. Although he did not grow up in the best of environments, Eduardo refused to become another statistic and let his early experiences dictate his future. To prepare for college, Eduardo worked full-time during his high school years, and Eduardo's status as an undergraduate at ASU attests to the value of that sacrifice. After graduating from ASU, Eduardo hopes to give back to his community by assisting people who experience domestic violence. Eduardo desires to be a voice for the Hispanic community, breaking the silence surrounding domestic violence and addressing its effects. In his spare time, Eduardo enjoys traveling and watching baseball.

Kandice D. Marrero

Major: Family and Human Development
Minor: Global Health
Class Year: Senior
Awards: Dean's List (Fall 2016, Spring 2017); Follett Scholarship (Rio Salado College); Ruth Everman
Memorial Scholarship (Rio Salado College)
DISI Project: Poetry within Arizona's Early Intervention Preschool Program
Faculty Advisor: Krista Puruhito

Kandice's interest in families and their functioning within social systems started with the creation of her own family. Through events in her children's development, Kandice met families who encouraged her to explore the unequal access to services experienced by those who are disadvantaged and underrepresented. While volunteering in a preschool classroom for children who have special needs, Kandice was motivated to teach diverse topics within an often-neglected educational opportunity. Her experiences and studies have inspired Kandice to advocate for change and apply her understanding of diverse populations to all aspects of her life. An aspiring Occupational Therapist, Kandice strives to address obstacles faced by underserved communities while raising awareness of the inequalities experienced by many people. When Kandice is not working to help her community, she enjoys practicing new cooking skills, learning to speak Spanish, and traveling with her spouse and children.