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CQL Announces 2022 Disability Research Mentorship Program Student

CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership released application information back in April 2022 about its Disability Research Mentorship Program for Black Graduate Students. The program was established in 2020 to help Black students build up their CVs with research publications. Through the program, students access data to analyze and receive guidance during the research and peer-review publication process.

The 2022 Mentorship Program Student

CQL is excited to announce it has chosen the student for its third cohort of the program, from a variety of impressive candidates. The student selected for the 2022 Mentorship Program displays a deep commitment to disability research and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities, especially those who are multiply marginalized. CQL is thrilled to work with this well-qualified student, supporting her as she produces knowledge that will greatly benefit the field.

Sarah Jerome

Headshot of Sarah Jerome. A Black woman smiles at the camera; she stands at an angle, wearing a white blazer with a navy blouse underneath

Sarah J. Jerome is a Social Policy doctoral student in the Children, Youth, and Families concentration at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Jerome, a public health researcher and training and technical assistance (TTA) specialist at Education Development Center, is dedicated to eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity for disenfranchised, marginalized, and underserved communities through education, capacity building, and advocacy. She is a member of the steering committee for the Arc of Massachusetts and a member of the board of directors of the Haitian Health Institute.

Her research interests include exploring intersections of race, disabilities, and systems navigation and their impact on individual wellness and applying this knowledge to inform advocacy efforts and relevant policy and practice. Jerome holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Boston University, a certificate in Disability & Health Policy from Suffolk University, and a BS in biology from Oglethorpe University. In 2019, she completed the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship program.

Learn More About The Mentorship Program

In the Disability Research Mentorship Program for Black Graduate Students, guidance and support will be provided to the students in carrying out their research and working through the process of peer-review for publication. The objective of the program is that the students will have an accepted/in-press or under review peer-reviewed publication (sole or first author) which they can add to their CV. CQL will also work with the students to identify opportunities to share their research through different mediums such as webinars, conferences, etc.

Students in the Mentorship Program are mentored about disability research and publication by CQL’s Director of Research, Carli Friedman, Ph.D.

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Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.