COVID Project FAQs

We understand that you may have a lot of questions about how the Schweitzer Fellowship will work as we are all coping with COVID-19. Our priority is maintaining the safety of our Fellows, the people we serve, and the communities in which we live, learn, and work. Schweitzer Fellows are continuing to implement their project, working closely with their organizational partners, to ensure that projects are delivered remotely and effectively.

Will I be able to alter my proposed project?
Yes! We encourage our Fellows to work closely with community partners and the individuals they intend to serve to develop projects that reflect the voices, strengths, and needs of the community. Additionally, with the uncertainties and new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we do anticipate that Fellows will need to remain flexible with regard to program delivery.

How have current Fellows pivoted their projects to serve the community safely?
DFW Schweitzer Fellows have been working creatively to move their programs to virtual formats, closely consulting with partner sites and the Program Director to ensure the safety of community members. This year Fellows have been able to facilitate sessions online or on the phone, including working with sites to help community members access the technology they need to make this possible.

How will direct service hours work if we’re unable to meet with community members in person?
All contact with community members and sites, whether it’s in person, over the phone, or using virtual meetings will count toward the direct service requirement. Additionally, we will work with each Fellow individually to deliver their projects in ways that meet community needs safely. If you have specific questions about how you may be able to complete direct service hours with a particular population, please email the Program Director.

How will our cohort meet each month?
As of fall 2020, all Schweitzer Fellowship meetings and events occur virtually. We will continue to monitor the situation and remain flexible with meeting plans.