Presidential Mini-Grants for Departmental Diversity Initiative

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Guidelines and General Background 

The Departmental Diversity Initiatives Mini-Grant seeks to encourage faculty to promote diversity through the development of new academic and student affairs initiatives. Projects will involve students who stimulate departmental colleagues to confront a problem or issue of diversity within the context of that department's particular needs. Many faculty and staff have had ideas about projects worth funding that would foster greater understanding of diversity issues as they pertain to fields of academic inquiry and student development had there been sufficient resources.

The specific nature of the Departmental Diversity Initiatives should be determined by departmental needs. Two or more departments may collaborate and share a mini-grant. They may include curricular innovations, student development initiatives, faculty development, or student projects. While the review committee encourages departments to range as freely and as imaginatively as possible in framing proposals, there are some guidelines they should bear in mind. Funds cannot be used to supplement or replace employee/student salaries or to subsidize fellowship related costs.  Only departments or programs are eligible to submit applications; an individual faculty or staff member should be identified as the project coordinator.  Note:  Students cannot be appointed as the project coordinator, as this individual will be the designated account signatory for expenditures of allocated funds if the grant application is approved.

Applications will be reviewed by a Diversity Mini-Grant Review Committee comprised of faculty, staff and student representation.  Selections are made based on the potential of the project to ensure that the University continues to provide invaluable educational experiences for today’s diverse student body.  Preference will be given to proposals that promote awareness, skills, and knowledge about issues related to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, abilities, age and/or religion.  Drawing on a total pool of $30,000, the award amount will be determined by the number of grants selected and approved for funding.  Each Mini-Grant recipient will be recognized at the Annual Awards Dinner. 

Note:  If a grant is submitted by a faculty member, the application must be signed by the chairperson.  If submitted by the chairperson, it must be signed by the dean.  If submitted by a staff member, it must be signed by the highest level department administrator.

The committee requests that the department submit a two-page description of the project, the name of the project coordinator within the department, and a precise statement of the department's anticipated costs. Please specify concisely the goals of the department's proposed program, particularly noting the ways in which the project contributes to the learning experience of your students and colleagues.

Note:  Departments whose programs are funded are expected to submit a report to the President upon completion of their initiatives, evaluating their effectiveness in meeting the stated goals. 
An application should be accompanied by a completed cover page. 

The proposal should include:

  1. The problem/ issue to be addressed
  2. How the members of the department and students will be involved (both required)
  3. The expected outcome(s) of the initiative
  4. A proposed budget covering project costs

Application deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015.