Editorâ€™s note: This is part of a series of updates on campuswide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that will continue throughout the year.
In this month's issue, read about the Oct. 25 DEI Impact Grant Summit and other campus events happening in October.
Grant recipients to share experiences with campus community
An inaugural taking place this week will enable 2023â€“24 grant recipients to share their success stories and challenges as they prepare for the next funding yearâ€”and for prospective grantees and others on campus to learn more about the application and review cycle process.
Faculty and staff interested in submitting grant proposals for the next funding cycle are encouraged to to attend the summit scheduled for Oct. 25, 1:30â€“3:30 p.m., in CASE E422.
Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the DEI Impact Grant program debuted this year, awarding grants to five summer 2023 recipients and 17 recipients for the 2023â€“24 academic year. The program is the outcome of a recommendation from the .
Broadly, proposals that received grants during the 2023â€“24 grant cycle focus on student, staff and faculty academic and career success. Grant-funded initiatives include peer and other mentorship opportunities, summer bridge programs, undergraduate research, support for students with disabilities, inclusive STEM programs, access to space-related research, professional development opportunities, community-based internships, learning communities, inclusive classrooms, and learning and language skills for employees.
Lynda Duran, diversity, equity and inclusion program and assessment manager, leads the grant program, providing guidance on how faculty and staff can navigate the grant application process and design equity-minded assessments.
Earlier this year, she led a group of 40 faculty, staff and administrators from 20 campus units through a review of proposals submitted during the 2023â€“24 grant cycle.
â€śWe asked for grant proposals to support and highlight programs and initiatives clearly outlining how to operationalize and enhance the capacity of academic and administrative planning units to deepen their progress on CU Boulderâ€™s five DEI goals,â€ť she said. â€śWe were not disappointed. The quality of funded proposals is outstanding, and we look forward to assessing the impact they have in academic and administrative units across the campus.â€ť
The five DEI goals, inspired by the IDEA Plan, focus on employee skills and development, student achievement outcomes, community building, employee recruitment outcomes, and preparing students to participate in a diverse democracy.
More information about the DEI Impact Grant Summit and how to apply for the grants is available at the , including how the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion can support faculty and staff through the proposal and grant process.