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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Grant - Request for Proposals due April 8,2016

April 8, 2016
Office of Campus Climate
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Grant
Request for Proposals
Pilot Project
2016 – 2017

 

Grant proposals are due Friday, April 08, 2016 by 5pm.  Submit your proposal by completing this webform

The Office of Campus Climate is accepting proposals for projects that will contribute to and enhance UC Merced’s campus climate as a more equitable and inclusive place to study, research and work.  This opportunity comes as part of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion’s response to the results of the 2013 UC Campus Climate Survey.

The UC Merced Campus Climate survey found that 78% of all respondents were comfortable or very comfortable with the climate for diversity in their department, work unit, academic unit, college or school, 22% were less than comfortable.  Additionally, 28% of respondents believed that they had personally experienced exclusionary, intimidating, offensive or hostile conduct, with 11% of respondents indicating that the conduct interfered with their ability to work or learn at UC Merced.

All current UC Merced students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to submit a proposal for projects that will create and sustain a campus climate in which all UC Merced students, staff and faculty feel respected, included and valued.  Successful proposals will address one or more findings from the 2013 UC Merced Campus Climate Survey report.  For more information on the 2013 UC Merced Campus Climate Survey, please visit: http://campusclimate.ucop.edu/_common/files/pdf-climate/ucm-summary.pdf.

What topics should proposals address?

Successful proposals will include collaborative ideas for new and creative projects to help to make UC Merced a more equitable and inclusive campus community for students, staff and faculty.  Successful proposals will address one or more findings from the 2013 UC Merced Campus Climate Survey report or other documented climate findings. 

Goal of the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Projects

The main goal of this request for proposals is to inspire high impact, collaborative, experimental and sustainable ideas.  Since the ideas are being proposed from community members themselves, there is a high probability that the efforts will be naturally integrated into the activities of teaching, research and public service.  The grants provide modest resources, with a preference for projects with the greatest potential for sustainable success. 

This pilot proposal is modeled after UC Berkeley’s Innovation Grants for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.  UC Berkeley has a proven track record of more than six years funding projects such as: 

·       An Unfinished Conversation (Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences),
·       Cal Anti-Racism Collaborative,
·       Encouraging Intentional Brave Communities through Student-led Restorative Circle        
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·       Interactive Luncheon Series on the Biological Sciences Division,
·       More sample projects can be found at http://diversity.berkeley.edu/innovationgrants
 
Who is eligible?
The EID grant process is open to all UC Merced students, staff and faculty. All projects must be coordinated and administered with an official UC Merced organization or university account.  Funds will not be awarded to individuals. 
 
When are the grant proposals due?
Friday, April 08, 2016 by 5pm.  Submit your proposal by completing this webform. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee consisting of students, staff and faculty and awardees will be notified by Friday, April 29th.
 
What is the timeframe for the project?
Project implementation must begin in Fall Semester 2016.
Projects must reach completion by Friday, May 12, 2017 (Spring Semester Ends).
 
What do grant funds cover?
All requested funds are to be used for new programs or services.  Funding may not be used for fundraising events, debt reduction, grants or scholarships to individuals, basic academic research or travel to present at conferences or for general operating costs for existing programs, organizations, units or departments or any other exceptions to policy.  Funds cannot be used for alcohol, gifts, stipends or lobbying.
 
Maximum awards:  $5,000/year
 
What are the grant criteria?
All proposals will be considered on the following criteria:
  • Institutional and Grant Alignment:  Proposals will: (1) contribute to and enhance UC Merced’s campus climate as a more equitable and inclusive place to study, research and work and (2) will include one or more findings from the 2013 UC Merced Campus Climate Survey report or other documented climate findings. 
  • Innovation:  The ways in which the proposed project is a new, creative and experimental approach to enhancing or addressing an area of campus climate.
  • Impact:  The expected difference(s) the project will make on the issues addressed, the audience(s) it will serve, and the number of people it will affect.
  • Collaboration:  How the project will bring together two or more campus entities, advance mutual goals and/or share knowledge.
  • Project Leadership:  The leadership, capacity and qualifications of the individual or group to implement the project.
  • Sustainability:  How likely is the project to be continued and incorporated or replicated by other organizations on campus.
Information Sessions
Friday, March 11 at 2pm in SSB 238 or Thursday, March 17 at 3pm in SSB 238
 
Assistance with Project Proposals and Questions: 
Please contact De Acker, Director of Campus Climate with any questions about the proposal process at dacker@ucmerced.edu, EquityInclusionDiversity@ucmerced.edu or (209) 228-2598.