Diversity Mini-Grant Program Issues 2014 Call for Proposals

Funding to be Available for Grants Again this Year
Proposals from across NC State were submitted last year for the 2013-14 University Diversity Mini-Grant program sponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. Thirteen projects representing an array of opportunities, including research; undergraduate and graduate student recruitment and retention; middle and high school outreach to feed the pipeline of underrepresented students in higher education; faculty recruitment, retention and engagement; student engagement; and cultural competency development were funded. A total of $31,908 in funding was distributed for these worthwhile initiatives. A complete list of awardees and their projects is posted on the Diversity and Inclusion website.

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you have a diversity initiative that is waiting to happen in your department, office, college, or division? OIED is now accepting proposals for the 2014-15 Mini-Grants. All faculty and staff are eligible to apply (full-time, part-time and temporary university employees). Proposals must meet the mini-grant program guidelines and will be selected by a committee appointed by the Vice Provost.  All eligible proposals must be submitted online no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The maximum proposal request is $3,000.  Announcement of grant recipients will be made by November 2014.

Proposals for projects or research in one or more of the following target areas are encouraged: 

(1) enhance the quality of teaching and learning about diversity; 

(2) enrich the diversity experiences of all students;

(3) create a welcoming and inclusive work and learning environment where differences are respected and valued, that offers opportunity for and supports the success of all students, staff and faculty;

(4) improve recruitment, retention and graduation of students from historically underrepresented groups; and 

(5) increase recruitment, retention and success of faculty from historically underrepresented groups.

The University Diversity Mini-Grant serves as a seed grant to enhance or build an initiative. Previously funded proposals may reapply. However, proposals will only be funded for a maximum of two (2) years.

For more information and to access the online application, visit the Diversity Mini-Grant website.
Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI) Now Enrolling
Applications are now available for the 2014-15 Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI). The EOI is a year-long continuing education certificate program that teaches participants about a range of topics, including disability, affirmative action, discrimination, diversity conflict management, protected classes, cross cultural communication and leadership in diversity.

The program is designed to increase participants' awareness of equal opportunity issues and increase their effectiveness as employees or students, providing an outstanding professional development opportunity free to NC State University faculty, staff and students.

Visit the EOI website for additional information and to apply.