DEI Programming Grants
With financial and administrative support from the Office of the Provost, Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites full and part-time faculty members and staff in Academic Affairs to apply for monetary grants up to $1,500. The grants are designed to support public programming across the college.
The DEI Programming Grant will now be available biannually, with applications for Fall grants open in the Spring and applications for Spring grants open in the fall.
Academic DEI Programming Grants will be reviewed and awarded by the DEI Executive Committee. Please read all instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Spring Semester 2020 Review Cycle (for Fall 2020 grants)
- Monday, March 9— Fall 2020 grant application open.
- Monday, March 23— Grant information session from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. will be held online via Zoom. Please email email@example.com to confirm your participation and for the Zoom invitation.
- Monday, March 30—DEI Programming Grants Due to Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m.
- Friday, April 24—Applicants notified via email; hard-copy notification letters sent out.
- Friday, May 1—Written acceptance form due to Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by email at email@example.com.
- Monday, January 2, 2021—Report submitted via Interfolio (formerly Faculty 180).
Fall Semester 2020 Review Cycle (for Spring 2021 grants)
- Friday, September 11— Spring 2021 grant application open.
- Wednesday, September 16-- Grant information session from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 600 S. Michigan Ave., Room 205A.
- Wednesday, September 30—DEI Programming Grants Due to Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m.
- Friday, October 23—Applicants notified via email; hard-copy notification letters sent out.
- Tuesday, November 2—Written acceptance form due to Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by email at email@example.com.
- Monday, May 31, 2021—Report submitted via Interfolio (formerly Faculty 180).
The grants offer full and part-time faculty, and staff in Academic Affairs the opportunity to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion through public programming events available to the greater Columbia College Chicago community.
Types of Projects
Proposals should clearly articulate how the programming supports or further develops DEI efforts throughout the college. The DEI Executive Committee especially values proposals that interrogate structures of power and privilege as articulated in the DEI Mission, and that encourage collaboration, interdisciplinary practice and critical engagement with students and other units of the college.
DEI Mission Statement
The DEI Mission Statement can be found here.
Conditions and Terms of Eligibility
All currently employed full and part-time faculty and staff in Academic Affairs are eligible to apply. Those currently holding upper-administrative offices (i.e. Deans, Associate/Vice/Assistant Provosts, Provosts) are not eligible.
The grant recipient’s department will charge approved grant expenses to DEI in the Office of the Provost. Outlined below are lists of expenses that the Academic DEI Programming Grants will and will not support.
DEI Programming Grants support programming such as the examples below (but not limited to):
- Stipends/honorariums for guest speakers for classes and workshops open to the community.
- Stipends/honorariums for visiting scholars, artists, and lecturers.
- Hosting professional development workshops for faculty, students and/or staff.
- Producing festivals, panel, symposium for faculty, students and/or staff.
DEI Programming Grants do not support:
- Faculty, staff, or student travel of any sort, for any reason
- Salaries, stipends, or honorariums for faculty and staff employed by Columbia
- Pay for work completed by Columbia students
- Equipment or software
The office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion wants to ensure that all programs funded by the DEI Programming Grants are accessible to the entire Columbia community. Therefore, it is now required that granted events have an American Sign Language interpreter present and note any other accessibility options in advertisements.
DEI Programming Grants will fund proposals up to $1,500.
All applications for the Academic DEI Programming Grant must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline.
The application can be found here.
A complete application consists of the following five components:
- General Information
- Narrative Proposal (maximum 750 words)
- Clearly describe the program and the audience it will serve.
- How will you create audience? For example, how will you attract the greater CCC community beyond a given class?
- Why do you want to offer this program? Summarize your desired outcomes as they relate to the DEI
- Describe how you will measure the success of your program.
4. Detailed Project Budget–The DEI Executive Committee requires that programs are achievable and well-planned. Itemize all expenses necessary to complete the program in a timely and efficient way. If you are seeking funds to support a portion of a program, indicate clearly which expenses you expect to cover with funds from your grant and which expenses will be covered with funds from other sources
5. Two to three-page CVs for all primary collaborators—required as an element of the single PDF file.
All grant recipients are required to complete a post grant report by the due date specified in their award letter and mentioned in the above grant cycle timelines. Recipients must email the post-grant reports to Academic DEI at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full-time faculty are also required to upload their reports to Interfolio.
In 300-500 words, please address the following:
- Identify the intended outcomes for the funded program and discuss how the program met or did not meet the expected outcomes.
- How many students, faculty, staff, administrators, or community members attended the event?
- If the program changed from the proposed idea, please discuss how.
- If appropriate, how do you intend to build off of the funded program?