Diversity Related Mini-Grants 2017-18
Call for Proposals
(Subject to Budget Approvals)

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2018

Notification: Before the end of the academic year.

Mission

Linfield College’s 2012-2018 Strategic Plan “affirms diversity as central to our programs and educational community.” Among its goals to “Strengthen Academic Programs” the Strategic Plans clearly states that we will “Enhance and affirm student, faculty and staff diversity as central to the Linfield Experience. Experiencing diversity expands perspectives, contributes to multicultural competence, and becomes a key element in attracting and retaining students, faculty and staff” (Goal 1,C).

In the light of the above mission in our Strategic Plan, Diversity Mini-Grants will help support those activities that value the various contributions of traditionally underrepresented students, faculty and curricular and extra-curricular needs in higher education (addressing one or more of the following dimensions of diversity: age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation) through a limited number of grant awards up to $1500.

What are Diversity Mini-Grants?

The Diversity Mini-Grants can be used for projects, workshops, activities that infuse diversity, local, national and global issues, and different perspectives of diversity, under-representations and multiculturalism in curriculum and extra-curricular activities. (Awards are contingent on available funds and approval by the President).

Projects, workshops and activities must be open to all students, faculty, and staff at Linfield College and cannot be limited to in-class presentations.

Some Mini-Grants require co-sponsorships. Co-sponsorships can be arranged between two or more departments (both academic and administrative), programs, clubs and student organizations.

The Diversity Mini-Grants can be used for either Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, or both within the academic year 2017-18.

The project for which a mini-grant is received must be announced to the campus at least 10 days prior to the scheduled event including announcements in the college newspaper, the student notification system and the all campus notification system to faculty and staff.

Types of Diversity Mini-Grants

1.NEW Curricular Focused Mini-Diversity Grants: $1500 each

Funds up to $1500 can be used for creating “new” diversity-focused courses within your discipline, major, minor or department. These courses can be taught either during the semester or during the J-term. These diversity-focused courses will expand international and multicultural aspects of the curriculum in any academic discipline. Funds can also be used to buy books, films, and other materials to create new courses, or bring in speakers for activities built into the curriculum that will increase the importance of diversity. The proposed course must be taught once for the first time between 2017-18 or 18-19, and then again within the next three years of teaching the course the first time. A letter from your department chair will be required when you apply for a curricular grant indicating that the department is willing to support this new proposed course be taught. These courses can be taught either during Linfield’s January term or during the regular semester.

The proposed course must be taught once for the first time between 2016-18, and then again within the next three years of teaching the course the first time.  A letter from your department chair will be required when you apply for a curricular grant indicating that the department is willing to support this new proposed course be taught.   These courses can be taught either during Linfield’s January term or during the regular semester.

Apart from the end of the year grants report, each faculty recipient for this award will give a brief presentation detailing an overview of the course for which the curricular grant was received (after teaching the course once) at a faculty luncheon. The presentation will include a self –assessment of the course taught and the changes that will be implemented when the course will be taught again.

Note: Principle applicant needs to have full-time faculty status. Part-time faculty can apply in conjunction with a full-time faculty.

2. Course Revision Grants for existing courses (4 grants): $500 each

You can apply for these grants throughout the academic year. Grants will be given to courses that have previously been taught but with a significant “revised” component that will add diversity to the course. You can request funding for purchasing new materials, inviting guests, field studies, and all other ways you can envision how you will use the funding to increase the importance of diversity.

Co-sponsorship of Events and Program Grants

1. Diversity Lecture Series to bring to campus a nationally known diversity speaker: $4000 (will require co-sponsorship and collaboration between various departments and programs):

Who can submit a proposal:

  • Two or more departments/programs collaborating to bring a prominent speaker of national reputation to address the campus community about diversity related issues.
  • Two or more departments/programs willing to contribute financially (beyond the funds available from The Diversity Grants) to bring a speaker of national prominence to our campus.
  • Two or more departments/programs articulating the value of their interdisciplinary collaboration related to diversity and its broader impact on our students, academic programming and staff.

Criteria for the proposals:

All proposals must demonstrate each of the following:

  1. The speaker’s credentials in addressing one or more of the following dimensions of diversity: age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation. (Attach the speaker’s major accomplishments and speaking engagements)
  2. Thoughtful articulation of how the campus community (especially students), academic programs and faculty, and the larger community outside of Linfield College will benefit from the lecture as a whole.
  3. Clear commitment and evidence to collaborate between two or more departments/programs to establish an interdisciplinary academic rationale for inviting the chosen speaker. Special consideration will also be given to sub-collaborations between different student interest groups, organizations and clubs.
  4. Clear commitment and evidence of co-sponsoring the lecture in terms of collaborative funding. (Example: Two or more departments that already have allocated funds for their lecture series may think about bringing in a speaker who will address issues related to diversity in two or more disciplines). Special consideration will also be given to sub-collaboration between different student interest groups, clubs and administrative offices interested in co-sponsoring the event.
  5. A detailed budget outlining how the funds from The Diversity Lecture Series will be used to supplement the already available joint funding (between two or more departments/programs).
  6. Pre and post lecture planning and programming to both prepare the campus for the lecture and follow up dialogue and discussions post the lecture.
  7. A clearly developed evaluation plan to determine outcomes for the pre and post lecture activities.
  8. Publicity plans for the lecture and anticipated attendance.

Materials to submit:

  1. Attach a title page (Department names and all academic programs and organizations co-sponsoring the event and the date of event.)
  2. Include a one-page narrative about the proposed speaker, the semester for which you are seeking funding, and address how the speaker will effectively address the issue(s) of diversity on our campus.
  3. Address each of the criteria (1-8) mentioned above (Should not exceed more than 1500 words.)
  4. Itemized budget of expenses how the funds from the Diversity Lecture Series will be used to supplement the already available joint funding (between two or more departments/programs.)
  5. Submit with applicable signatures from department chair, faculty coordinators, student club advisor that will co-sponsor the event.
  6. Submit a report at the end of the grant cycle outlining how the funds from the “Lecture Series” were used and an evaluation of the outcomes as stated in the original application. (Please Note: Failure to submit a report at the end of the grant cycle will jeopardize applying for any future diversity grants.)

Selection process:

A sub-committee comprising of faculty, students and staff from both within the Diversity Committee and outside will select the proposal to be funded. In order to avoid any conflicts of interest, no member of the selection committee will be eligible to apply to any diversity grants during their membership on the committee. If there is a grant application submitted for consideration from a committee member’s department, then the member in question will recuse himself or herself from the committee during the deliberation process of that particular grant application.

2. Co-sponsorship of Events and Programming Mini-Grant (2 Grants): (Maximum $1000) Principle applicant needs to have full-time faculty or staff status. Collaborations between faculty and staff are encouraged but not necessary. Student groups can apply too but must have a faculty or staff as a sponsor.

Diversity programming grants for $1000 will provide partial financial support for medium size (between 50-100 in attendance) events and programs that are designed to foster a more inclusive campus climate, or create programs and workshops for students, faculty and staff to advance systemic changes at Linfield.

Events and programs must be held on campus and advance the diversity goals of Linfield’s strategic plan. Examples include annual campus conferences and panel discussions on various diversity focused themes or subjects, hosting local and national diversity speakers, departmental or divisional lectures or workshops, student, faculty or staff trainings, symposia and cultural awareness programs.

3. Co-sponsorship of Events and Programming Mini-Grant (4 grants): (Maximum $500)

Diversity programming grants for $500 will provide partial financial support for medium size (between 25-50 in attendance) events and programs that are designed to foster a more inclusive campus climate, or create programs and workshops for students, faculty and staff to advance systemic changes at Linfield.

Events and programs must be held on campus and advance the diversity goals of Linfield’s strategic plan. Examples include invitation of speakers and hosting panel discussions on various diversity focused themes or subjects, hosting local and national diversity speakers, departmental or divisional lectures or workshops, student, faculty or staff trainings, symposia and cultural awareness programs.

Three grants will be awarded for Fall 2017 and three grants will be awarded in Spring 2018.

3. New Faculty Initiative Grant: $1000

One grant given to any faculty hired in the last three years 2014-15/2015-16/2016-17) will be considered for this grant) Department co-sponsors required.

The new faculty member applying for this grant will propose and lead a diversity related event. A recommendation letter from the department chair is required outlining the structural support that the candidate will receive from the department to lead this proposed event or activity.

4. Faculty/Staff/Student Collaborative Reading Groups: (2 grants): $500 each ($250 stipend for the faculty organizing and $250 for buying materials):

Diversity mini-grants for diversity related reading groups will be led by full-time faculty, staff or students. If a reading group is student-led, a faculty advisor is required. The grant can be used for purchasing materials for a specific reading group. The reading group can be for an entire semester, or can be spread out for the entire academic year.

Application process for all Mini Grants

  1. Please submit a brief abstract of the proposed event (250 words maximum) and clearly identify the name of the co-sponsor(s).
  2. Please submit a brief abstract of the proposed course (250 words maximum) and clearly identify the department through which this course will be taught.
  3. Write an overall narrative (1500 words maximum) about your proposed event or new proposed course addressing each of the following:
    Additional Materials Required for the Curricular Focused Mini-Grants:
    • Syllabus outline for the proposed “new” course (and this must include the course objectives and learning outcomes);
    • If applying for the “course revision grants” include the current syllabus and the revised syllabus stating clearly how the revision will enhance the diversity component in the course;
    • Rationale of how the Linfield community will benefit from this new/or revised course;
    • Anticipated enrollment;
    • Detailed budget;
    • Attached support letter from your department chair.
    • A final grant report to be submitted to diversitygrants@linfield.edu within six weeks of the end of the semester with a detailed summary of the course outcome and anticipated changes to be implemented for delivering the course again.
    Additional Materials Required for the Event Focused Mini-Grants:
    • Rationale of how the Linfield community will benefit from the events grant;
    • Specific activities, specific goals, and time-line. (Please be clear about the semester for which your are requesting a Diversity Mini-Grant. If your project is for the entire academic year, then provide clear explanation and rationale for the extended time-line.)
    • Clearly describe evaluation plan and measurable outcomes;
    • Submit an evaluation form that will be used to assess the quality of programing, speaker, workshop (for the events grant);
    • Commitment of attendance from classes, student groups, student organizations and academic departments;
    • Proposed publicity time-line and proposed outlets for publicizing the events;
    • Detailed budget.

NOTE: A final grant report to be submitted to diversitygrants@linfield.edu within six weeks of the event outlining how the funds were used and an evaluation of the outcomes as stated in the original application. The completed evaluation forms must be attached to the grant’s report.

Failure to submit a report at the end of the grant cycle will jeopardize applying for any future diversity grants.

Criteria for assessing the Mini-Grants

Applicant reviewers will assess the extent to which the proposed project has:

  • The potential to broaden and/or deepen community knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of diversity.
  • Clearly defined goals, plan of activities and timeline.
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • An evaluation plan measuring meaningful quantitative and qualitative outcomes.
  • A realistic budget that aligns with the narrative. Preference will be given for projects with other financial and/or volunteer support.

Please Note: Most grant recipients cannot reapply the following year for the same diversity mini-grant, but may certainly apply for a different mini-grant. Outstanding grant projects that can demonstrate significant impact to the campus community (in their end of the grant cycle report) will be invited to re-apply again the following academic year.

Submit proposals to:

diversitygrants@linfield.edu

Under the subject line clearly write “Diversity Mini-Grant”

Selection Process

A sub-committee comprising of faculty, students and staff from both within the Diversity Committee and outside will select the proposal to be funded. In order to avoid any conflicts of interest, no member of the selection committee will be eligible to apply to any diversity grants during their membership on the committee. If there is a grant application submitted for consideration from a committee member’s department, then the member in question will recuse himself or herself from the committee during the deliberation process of that particular grant application.

Diversity Grants Committee

  • Shaik Ismail (Director, International Programs)*
  • Xiaoyou Luo (Associate Professor, Mathematics)*
  • Jaqueline Webb (Associate Professor, Nursing)
  • Esperance Ibuka (Director of Multicultural Programs)
  • Adrian Liu (Student Representative)

*Co-chair of the Diversity Grants Committe

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your ideas or fit of the project for submission, please contact the Diversity Grants Chair, Shaik Ismail via email to set up a meeting.

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2018

Notification: Before the end of the academic year.