Deadline for diversity, inclusion grant proposals Oct. 29

Faculty and administrators at Washington University in St. Louis with ideas for improving the campus environment for women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and other diverse groups are encouraged to apply for a Diversity and Inclusion Grant.

Proposals are now being accepted for program initiatives that strengthen and promote diversity on campus, including differences in gender, race, ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, philosophy, disability, and sexual orientation.

The Office of the Provost funds the Diversity and Inclusion Grant program, which is now in its fourth year. The program so far has awarded almost $600,000 in grant money for 29 projects.

Last year, eight grants totaling nearly $174,000 were awarded to faculty and administrators throughout the university. The list of successfully funded programs from 2011-12 is available here.

The deadline for submission of 2012-13 Diversity and Inclusion Grant proposals is Monday, Oct. 29. All applications must be submitted online. To apply, visit

Funding is one-time only, and awards will range in size up to a maximum of $30,000. More information about the grants can be found here.

The Advisory Committee for the Diversity and Inclusion Grants, which is co-chaired by Adrienne D. Davis, JD, vice provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, and Naomi Daradar Sigg, assistant director of student involvement and leadership in the Office of Student Activities, will review the proposals.

The other 2012-13 advisory committee members are:
• Robert Hansman, associate professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts;
• Iver Bernstein, PhD, professor of history, of African and African-American studies and of American culture studies, all in Arts & Sciences;
• Dayna Early, MD, professor of medicine;
• Vetta L. Sanders Thompson, PhD, associate professor of social work and a Faculty Scholar with the Institute for Public Health;
• Clarissa Hayward, PhD, associate professor of political sciences in Arts & Sciences;
• John Russell, PhD, professor of developmental biology, in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences; and
• Timothy A. Thornton, assistant vice chancellor for finance and director of financial planning.

Successful proposals should involve collaboration within or across departments, units or schools; demonstrate tangible results, such as metrics of success for the short term as well as metrics to measure future impact; and include departmental- or school-funding support (financial and/or other).

Questions or comments may be addressed to Davis at or Sigg at

The committee will announce the winning proposals by Jan. 20, 2013.