As Chief Diversity Officer, I embrace my role in guiding and leading diversity initiatives; however, this work is larger than one person or office. Beginning this year, we are offering a new way to work together across campus to advance these efforts.
IDEA Grants: IDEA is an acronym for Innovative Diversity Efforts Awards. Grants will be fully funded based on project need. At least three projects will be selected per year. Faculty, staff, students, and organizations across campus are eligible to apply for the grants. Grant awards will depend upon the scope and breadth of the project, but will typically range from $500–$1,500. Funded projects must begin within 90 days of award notification. Upon project completion, awardees must submit a summary report evaluating the project’s outcomes, including project benefits and recommended improvements. This report is to be submitted to the Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives within 60 days of the project’s conclusion. The disbursement of funds will occur in phases, depending on the nature of the proposal. However, in all cases, a portion of the grant will be withheld until the submission of the evaluation report. Applicants will be notified within 45 days following the application deadline regarding the funding decisions. Please see the Diversity and Community Initiatives website for information on how to apply. The deadline for proposals is November 3, 2014.