Diverse Scholars Program at Framingham State University

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Program Overview

The Diverse Scholars Program at Framingham State University provides opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18-22, to engage in FSU courses, internships, and student life. We believe inclusion and participation by all students is essential for a thriving community of learners. Students in the Diverse Scholars Program gain access to:

  • University Coursework: students can audit one general education courses aligned with the student’s interest and long-term employment goals. 
  • Vocation and Employment Support: students participate in job skills training such as resume workshops, interview skills, job informational sessions, and internships related to student’s interests and goals.
  • Peer-Mentoring: students are connected with college peers through the Center for Academic Success and Advising, an on-site mentoring program. Throughout the semester, peer mentors and program participants cover a range of topics related to social and independent living skills.
  • Campus Events: students are encouraged to attend any of the several campus events open to FSU community as well as become a member of one the many student clubs and affinity groups. 
  • Access to FSU Facilities: students have access to FSU facilities and resources including but not limited to the athletic center, dining hall, library, and game room. 

For more information, contact:

Grace McDonald
Diverse Scholars Program Coordinator
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: 508-215-5883
Email: gmcdonald1@framingham.edu


Student Spotlight: Jimmy R.

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Age:19
Hometown: Westborough, MA

In addition to Framingham State University, Jimmy is enrolled in Westborough High School’s post-graduate program. Jimmy’s first semester on campus has been filled with many new activities; his current (and favorite!) course so far is FDSC131: Principles of Food Science. Jimmy cites his proudest achievement as “taking [his] first college exam and getting an A on my food blog!”

When he’s not busy with class, Jimmy can be found working with Sodexo as part of their dining services staff. His favorite on-campus activity is going to the Game Room. Jimmy’s advice for new MAICEI students is, “pay attention in class.” There are so many options for Jimmy after program completion; right now though, his goal is to continue working at his local Roche Brothers market.


Campus Overview

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Founded in 1839 and located in Framingham, Massachusetts, Framingham State University offers small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Framingham State University is a public university serving approximately 4,600 undergraduates and 1,800 graduate students. The FSU campus stretches across 73 acres and is home to over 60 student clubs and sports.

Framingham State University is committed to inclusive excellence through collaborative and sustainable partnerships with faculty, staff, students and the greater community. Framingham State University is honored to be recognized for the second year as a recipient of the INSIGHT into Diversity prestigious 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. The HEED award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the areas of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.