Inclusive Excellence Grant

Inclusive Excellence Grant Application

About

The Inclusive Excellence Grant supports proposals for innovative and educational projects, programs, and activities that have the following goals:

  • To create or improve programs which address the importance of including diverse views, cultures, or methods of teaching and learning
  • To encourage the participation of all community members in diversity initiatives at the College
  • To increase learning and support of groups from historically underrepresented groups
  • To increase opportunities for collaborative learning and inclusive excellence

Eligibility

This is a unique grant opportunity with an application process open to all current Stonehill students, faculty, administrators or staff members.

What is "Inclusive Excellence?"

Inclusive excellence refers to the active and intentional engagement of diversity and of underrepresented viewpoints. As a community, Stonehill has demonstrated its commitment to encouraging an environment of diverse people, thoughts, ideas, and teachings.

Inclusive excellence calls for us to increase our awareness of others and to work collectively to challenge our way of thinking and doing. Inclusive excellence requires us to teach, listen to, and learn about diverse voices and experiences.

Application Deadlines

Completed applications are due the 1st of each month. The reviewing committee will meet during the 2nd week of the month and will notify individuals no later than the 3rd week of the month. Completed applications are due electronically (sent to diversity@stonehill.edu), and all components must be received no later than 5:00pm on the 1st day of the month. This deadline includes if the 1st of the month falls on a weekend, holiday, or day that the college is closed. Any submissions received after the 1st of the month will be automatically considered for review during the following month. Regardless of submission date, all projects that received grant funding must be completed prior to June 30.

Award criteria

The proposed activities should focus on the following goals:

  • To create or improve programs which address the importance of including diverse views, cultures, or methods of teaching and learning
  • To encourage the participation of all community members in diversity initiatives at the College
  • To educate ourselves and others in issues of social justice, diversity, intercultural dialogue and communication
  • To increase learning and support of groups from historically underrepresented groups
  • To develop sustainable programs that increase awareness of the importance of a diverse community
  • To increase opportunities for collaborative learning and inclusive excellence

Preference is given to programs, activities and opportunities that:

  • serve as models for replication and sustainability on the Stonehill campus and in the community;
  • demonstrate interdepartmental collaboration, and
  • extend the impact of an already existing program or event at Stonehill.

Examples of proposal interests

Examples of proposals could include:

  • workshops or conferences that address diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, intercultural communication;
  • pedagogy;
  • opportunities that address historically underrepresented groups;
  • speaker series;
  • film series and discussions;
  • curriculum changes, materials, enhancements;
  • innovative programs that address diversity at Stonehill;
  • attendance at conferences or workshops that address inclusive excellence; professional and student development.

Funding

Funding for Inclusive Excellence Grants depends on the number of grants proposed and the available amount each academic year. Each grant period has a deadline by which the project must be completed. We anticipate that most projects would request between $200-1000. Funds may not be used to self-stipend a Stonehill staff, faculty, administrator or student. Funds may be used to support stipends for outside speakers, materials, rental costs, and food/services. Depending on the needs of the project, funding may be in the form of reimbursement or direct payment to a vendor/service/individual, payment of conference fees, and/or travel.

Individual operation plans will be managed in conjunction with the Office for Intercultural Affairs.

Support

All grants will be supported by the Office for Intercultural Affairs in collaboration with the individual, group, or department. Staff in Intercultural Affairs will serve as a resource for ideas, action steps, and project management.

Grant Proposal

Please follow the detailed information in the proposal format:

  1. Cover sheet
  2. Proposal summary
  3. Clear description of how the proposed activities meet the award criteria and goals
  4. Detailed timeline for planning and implementation in the Stonehill community
  5. Description of anticipated outcomes
  6. Assessment model used for evaluation
  7. Budget proposal

Proposal Committee

Proposals submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by members of the Intercultural Affairs Subcommittee as well as the Co-Curricular Programming Committee. These committees have representation in every division as well as of each eligible constituency (students, faculty, administrators, staff).

Presentation

All grant recipients must participate in the Symposium on Inclusive Excellence which is organized once a year in April. Proposals must have a signed commitment statement to participate in the symposium in order to be considered.

For more information

For questions about the application process, please call Liza Talusan in the Office for Intercultural Affairs at 508-565-1411 or email diversity@stonehill.edu.