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Submissions Sought for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant Program

January 18, 2017

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant program is accepting proposals for projects that help UC Merced cultivate an inclusive and equitable community.

Successful proposals should inspire collaborative, high-impact, experimental and sustainable ideas. Selected grants can receive funding up to $5,000 for one year. Submissions are due in electronic form by 5 p.m. March 1. All campus community members — staff members, Senate and non-Senate faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and students ­­— may submit proposals.

Projects must be done in coordination with an official campus organization, department or account. A committee consisting of staff and faculty members and students will review submissions, and awardees will be notified by May 1. Projects should start by Fall 2017.

The Chancellor’s Advisory Council for Campus Climate and Inclusion, Graduate Division and the Office of Campus Climate partnered to support the grant program, now in its second year, in response to results from the UC Campus Climate Survey administered at UC Merced in 2013 and followup focus groups. UC Merced modeled its pilot program after UC Berkeley’s Innovation Grants for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, established six years ago. 

Details regarding UC Merced’s grant process — including proposal criteria, eligibility and deadlines — are available on the Office of Campus Climate website.

For more information, contact De Acker, director of the Office of Campus Climate, or send an email to EquityInclusionDiversity@ucmerced.edu. Last year's funded projects can be found at diversity.ucmerced.edu under the "Funding" tab.