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Texas Woman's University partners with Schweitzer Fellowship Program

11/21/14

DENTON— Texas Woman’s University has partnered with the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) to provide opportunities in service to graduate students in health care, social work, law, education and other fields.

The ASF, a nonprofit organization carrying on the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize recipient and humanitarian-physician Albert Schweitzer, develops young leaders inspired to create positive change in health and human service systems throughout the nation and world. These Schweitzer Fellows – graduate students from participating universities – partner with community-based organizations to develop and implement mentored service projects to meet the needs of underserved populations.

“We are proud to be part of this prestigious program,” said Dr. Larry LeFlore, dean of the TWU Graduate School. “The values of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship are closely aligned with the mission of Texas Woman’s University – educating a diverse community of students to lead personally and professionally fulfilling lives. This program is an investment in our students and in the communities they will serve.”

Schweitzer Fellows design and implement yearlong service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities. They identify needs in the community; design yearlong, sustainable service projects that will have a demonstrable impact in meeting these needs; and bring their projects from idea to execution. Schweitzer Fellows who have successfully completed their yearlong service project are called Fellows for Life.

Recruiting is under way for the chapter’s first class of Fellows, who will begin their Fellowship year in April 2015.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter is housed at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Other DFW-area universities involved in the partnership are the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Texas Christian University, University of Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

“The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship excels in developing emerging leaders in health who will serve vulnerable populations not just in their Fellowship year, but throughout their career,” said Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, executive director of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “Our individual chapters supplement traditional education with programs focused on supporting emerging professionals’ desire to serve populations in need. Our new program in Dallas-Fort Worth will make important and vital contributions that will improve lives and create positive change.”

Courtney Roy, program director for the Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellowship Program, said the program “will embrace Albert Schweitzer’s commitment to service and compassion for people in need. Our program will support a range of projects that address health and well-being in multiple and creative ways, in order to reach those with needs that often go unmet in traditional healthcare and social service settings.”

To date, nearly 3,000 Schweitzer Fellows have delivered nearly 500,000 hours of service to nearly 300,000 people in need. Additionally, more than 100 Fellows have provided care at the 100-year-old Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa. ASF has 12 program locations in the U.S. and one in Africa. The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter is the second Texas-based chapter; the Houston-Galveston chapter opened in 2008.

For more information on the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program, visit www.schweitzerfellowship.org/chapters/dfw


Media Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Writer
940-898-3456
kgarcia@twu.edu

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