• Director of Interdisciplinary Education
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Institute On Community Integration
Masonic Inst For The Developing Brain [map]
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2025 E River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3604

Rebecca Dosch Brown serves ICI as an Interdisciplinary Education Director under the Education Specialist 3 job classification. In this role, she helps develop interdisciplinary courses and spurs innovative research and training collaborations with U of M campus and community partners. She is also a faculty-mentor under the Family discipline for the Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (MNLEND) program. For MNLEND, she directs MNLEND data analyses, reporting and quality improvement (QI) efforts, especially in equity and inclusion. Rebecca also directs the U of M Disability Policy and Services graduate certificate program and leads its core course, OLPD 5356 for ICI.

Rebecca came to ICI in 2015 after 20+ years in higher education as a lecturer, teacher trainer, editor, and adviser both overseas and stateside. She is currently a PhD candidate in the U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with a focus on youth policy at the intersection of race and disability. She is also the parent and active ally of her adult son who has a diagnosis of autism.

Rebecca contributes to other ICI leadership initiatives and community and research-based projects. She serves as an ICI Art For All (inclusive art) committee member and on the ICI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workgroup, which advises in all areas of the ICI Strategic Plan. She has successfully written and co-written funded grants for the MNLEND program and the AUCD Disability Diversity Fellowship program. Most recently, she co-wrote an awarded grant, Project SCOPE, to train interdisciplinary professionals across Minnesota to better support families and kinship networks who are raising children exposed in utero to opioids and polysubstances. Her work goal is to co-design and participate in transformative anti-ableist and anti-racist efforts, so as to build a more inclusive and just world for all.

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Art for All: The Stephanie Evelo Program for Art Inclusion

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Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

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Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (MNLEND) Website

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  • Direct support workforce
    • Supervision and mentoring
    • Retention and recruitment
    • Training
  • Community life
    • Civil rights
    • Community supports and services
    • Friendships and social relationships
    • Parenting and family relationships
    • Person-centered planning and practices
    • Positive behavior support
    • Recreation and leisure
    • Self-advocacy and self-determination
    • Support coordination and case management
    • Social inclusion
  • Specific life stage
    • Early childhood
    • Children
    • Adolescents and young adults
    • Adults
  • Culture and diversity
    • Cultural competence
    • English language learners (ELLs)
    • Immigrants
    • International initiatives
    • Other cultural groups
    • Women
  • Early education and development
    • Early childhood education
    • Family engagement
  • Housing and residential services
    • Family supports/in-home services
    • Institutions and deinstitutionalization
  • Specific disability
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
    • Mental health and/or chemical dependency


  • Research
  • Training and professional development
  • Technical assistance
  • Dissemination
  • Outreach