Each academic year, International House NY selects a number of eligible Residents to lead within the I-House community by serving on the I-House Resident Support Services team as Program Fellows, Resident Fellows, and Peer Counselor Fellows.
What Is a Fellowship?
An I-House Fellowship is a leadership opportunity for eligible Residents to serve and support their peers in the I-House community. Resident Leaders will play a key role in carrying out the mission of International House. Fellows act as ambassadors and liaisons for the Office of Programs and Resident Life by fostering active interaction and dutiful social engagement among Resident members from diverse cultures
As a Fellow, you will have the opportunity to plan, develop and implement activities to foster engagement in community and to provide support for Resident members across diverse cultures while promoting the I-House core values of Respect, Empathy and Moral Courage. You will be an ambassador of I-House, which means you are an integral part of the 10-year strategic plan for Relevance, Visibility and Institutional Stability.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for a Fellowship, you must reside at I-House for the 2020-2021 academic year and you must be in good standing with the House.
The Resident Support Services team will assist I-House NY in its 2020-2021 health and safety initiatives to avoid a COVID-19 surge. Requisite training and behavioral traits: Public health management, tolerance of ambiguity and medical uncertainty, lower scores on black and white thinking, perfectionism and need for cognitive closure, health and mental health training, and expertise in a range of online platforms.
Resident Fellows play a key role in carrying out the Mission of International House. They plan, develop and implement activities to foster engagement in community and to provide support for resident members across diverse cultures. Resident Fellows are appointed to be ambassadors of I-House, which means they are an integral part of the 10-year strategic plan for Relevance, Visibility and Institutional Stability. This includes embodying the values of I-House–Respect, Empathy and Moral Courage–in their own behavior and through community programming on the resident floors.
Here are some examples of the Resident Fellow role:
• Provide guidance and wisdom during each phases of life at the House – i.e., settling in, engaging in resident life, problem-solving and conflict resolution, and leaving I-House well.
• Facilitate workshops on Interpersonal Integrity and the Code of Conduct.
• Arrange at least 9 (monthly) floor events.
• Identify Resident concerns (i.e., interpersonal problems, adjustment issues, cultural difficulties, and health and wellness issues) and assist the Resident Social Worker-Clinician and Peer Counselor Fellows in addressing such concerns.
• Help Residents to feel comfortable in seeking support services provided by the Resident Social Worker-Clinician and Peer Counselor Fellows.
• Actively participate in reducing the stigma around help seeking across cultures and assisting residence to access any needed services.
• Attend monthly meetings with a Peer Counselor Fellow to discuss Resident, IH-community, and floor-related issues, and receive training on developing their own leadership styles.
• Assist members of their floor in selecting and attending their quota of I-House events.
• Participate in the Resident Support Services team training in August of each year, without exception, and in monthly team meetings.
Peer Counselor Fellows are graduate students or working professionals in the field of mental health who are recommended by their programs, employers or other sponsors who can testify to their skills. Interviews are required. Peer Counselor Fellows actively participate and serve as members of the Resident Support Services (RSS) Team, in collaboration with the Office of Programs & Resident Life, the Resident Social Worker-Clinician (RSW), other Peer Counselor Fellows, as well as with staff in other offices such as Public Safety and Facilities Management. The Peer Counselors provide guidance to the Resident Fellows and are ambassadors of I-House, which means they are an integral part in the 10-year strategic plan for Relevance, Visibility and Institutional Stability.
Fellowship activities may include, but are not limited to:
• Crisis intervention
• Individual supportive counseling
• Psychotherapy referrals
• Legal and medical referrals
• Conflict resolution & mediation
MENTAL HEALTH AD OTHER EMERGENCIES
• Train in and master the response protocol for mental health emergencies.
• Provide on-call emergency coverage on all weekends, vacation and holiday breaks. Alternate with other members of the Peer Counselor team.
• Triage emergencies and confer with the RSW regarding a therapeutic plan of action.
• When a distressed Resident is being transported to a preferred hospital designated by I-House as a center of excellence, accompany the Resident and remain with them until they are admitted to hospital or discharged home to I-House.
• When managing a crisis, assist in activating a Resident’s support system – e.g., family, friends, or sponsoring organization.
• As requested by the RSW, assist with mental health case management.
• Assist Residents who are not from New York to navigate the City’s health and social service systems. Examples are what questions to ask doctors, how to identify a specialist and explaining the rules of confidentiality by which providers must abide.
COUNSELING AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES
• Identify Resident concerns (examples are interpersonal or adjustment problems, cultural difficulties, and health and wellness issues). Assist the RSW in addressing such concerns.
• Actively participate in reducing the stigma around help-seeking across cultures.
• Ensure that Residents feel comfortable in accessing support services provided by the RSS and elsewhere.
• As assigned by the RSW, carry a caseload of 1-3 individuals for supportive counseling.
• Attend regularly scheduled individual and group supervision meetings with the RSW.
• Assist the RSW in communicating that no individual may be penalized, in any manner, for seeking medical or mental health care.
SUPPORT OF I-HOUSE RESIDENT FELLOWS
• Be available during “Welcome Weeks” to assist RFs in greeting new residents.
• Attend all first semester orientation floor events and provide an overview of PC services.
• Attend Orientation Night and host an RSS table at the I-House Programs Fairs.
• Serve as a coach to a small team of Resident Fellows throughout the term.
• Become familiar with the I-House Code of Conduct and Interpersonal Integrity guidelines, and assist RFs in understanding and communicating them to the community-at-large.
• Host 10 monthly meetings with an assigned RF to provide support, as well as to discuss outstanding Resident concerns and any matters on the Resident floors.
SUPPORT OF THE I-HOUSE LEADERSHIP IMMERSION PROGRAM
• Develop and implement strategies with the RF to encourage Residents to partake in the life at the House by attending Golden Events aligned with their interests.
• Support Residents with wellness programming during the academic year in cooperation with the Health & Wellness Fellow.
• Act as a liaison between Residents and staff as requested by the RSW, especially Public Safety and Facilities. Assist in fostering peace, harmony and a sense of community at the House.
• Encourage Residents to make their talents known to the Program staff for potential events.
• Ensure that Residents respect I-House property and treat it as they would their home.
• Assist with Interpersonal Integrity workshops in groups of 10-15 residents of the House.
• Attend all monthly RSS team meetings hosted by the RSW.
The expectation for a Health and Wellness Fellow is to actively participate and serve as a member of the Resident Support Services (RSS) team, in collaboration with the Programs & Resident Life Assistant Director, the Director of Global Health and Wellness/Resident Social Worker-Clinician (RSW), Peer Counselors, and Resident Fellows, as well as with staff in departments such as Public Safety and Facilities Management. The Health and Wellness Fellow supports the Resident Fellows and Peer Counselors and is an ambassador of I-House, which means they are an integral part in the 10-year strategic plan for Relevance, Visibility and Institutional Stability.
Summary: As a Health and Wellness Fellow you will have the privilege and responsibility to:
- Create wellness programming. Topic examples are stress reduction, nutrition, sleep hygiene, sexual health, navigating multi-cultural relationships, navigating the health care system, difficult conversations – learning to communicate and advocate with organizations and systems effectively, acculturation, networking, and “leaving well.” Help design a program to relieve stress for residents including virtual sessions with Alvin Ailey’s Renee Robinson and Sheyi Ojofeitimi, that incorporate yoga, meditation, etc.
- Lead a virtual group on a wellness topic in which you have expertise as agreed by the RSW.
- Research and create collateral materials on wellness topics. Examples are electronic brochures and social media content as directed by the RSW.
- Identify and make referrals to wellness resources in the community.
- Provide individual virtual consultation to residents on wellness matters.
- Cooperate across teams of the Resident, Program and Peer Counselor Fellows.
- Assist the Assistant Director of Programs and Resident Life and the RSW in promoting wellness within the I-House community as needed.
Peer Counselor Fellows are required to participate in the Resident Support Services team training in August and are required to attend monthly Zoom team meetings.
The 2020-2021 award for Peer Counselor Fellows is no less than $2800 and for Resident Fellows no less than $2,500. Disbursements are made pending completion of monthly reports that document Fellowship accomplishments against contract targets.