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Seeking Proposals for the 2019 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grants Program

January 30, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

The Office of Campus Climate is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2019-2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Grants program.

The DEI Grants program aims to strengthen UC Merced’s campus climate and cultivate an environment where all students, staff and faculty members feel respected, included and valued.

The DEI Grant program is accepting proposals for projects that cultivate an inclusive and equitable community at UC Merced. Successful proposals should inspire collaborative, high impact, experimental and sustainable ideas.

Funding is provided by the Office of the Chancellor, and selected grants can receive up to $5,000 for one year.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Monday, March 4 .

Applicants must complete the DEI Grant application form and budget form . All campus community members – students, staff members, postdocs and Senate and non-Senate faculty ­­– may submit proposals. Projects must be done in coordination with an official campus organization, department or account. A committee consisting of students, staff and faculty members will review submissions, and awardees will be notified by Monday, April 29, 2019. Projects should start in fall 2019 and be completed by the end of the 2020 spring semester.

Past DEI Grant recipients are posted on the Office of Campus Climate website .

Details regarding DEI Grant program — including submission requirements, criteria , timeline , frequently asked questions and other information —is available on the Office of Campus Climate website .

Deidre “De” Acker, director of the Office of Campus Climate, will also host two information sessions about the grant process on the following dates:

· 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 in Room 397, Kolligian Library

· 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Room 397, Kolligian Library

Those unable to attend an information session can contact De with questions about the proposal process. Send inquiries to or call De at 209-228-2598.

Thank you,

Luanna Putney

Associate Chancellor and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor

Deidre “De” Acker

Director, Office of Campus Climate