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The President's Council on Inclusive Excellence announces a call for applications for Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grants that will fund projects undertaken during the 2016-17 academic year. Applications are due by Friday, May 6, 2016.

As part of its strategy to engage the entire University community in promoting Inclusive Excellence, the Council launched this Mini-Grant Initiative in Spring 2010 to support projects and programming that promote institutional change on diversity matters. The Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grant Initiative is intended to provide seed monies to create positive changes that highlight the benefits of diversity and create a more inclusive and vibrant intellectual community to live, learn and work. Projects or programs funded through this initiative will inculcate principles and practices of inclusion and diversity across the University.

For the current application cycle, up to $20,000 in grants will be awarded in June 2016 with funding available starting July 1, 2016. Typical grants will range from $500 to $5,000. Projects should be completed during the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. A final report must be submitted in Septmber 2017, and all funds must be expended by June 30, 2017.

Please note that Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grants are awarded through a competitive grant application process and not all projects will be funded.

Inclusive Excellence and the President's Council on Inclusive Excellence
Inclusive Excellence is a University initiative to address diversity across campus and build a diversity program that touches every aspect of the University – from academics, student programming, hiring and training, to bias response, purchasing and community outreach. The President's Council on Inclusive Excellence convened in 2008 following a campus-wide dialogue initiated to help guide strategic directions relating to diversity and inclusion at RWU.

Examples of Past Inclusive Excellence Projects
For details on the types of projects funded during previous Mini-Grants cycles, please visit the Mini-Grant Projects page.

Selection Criteria
The Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grants are awarded through a competitive grant application process and not all projects will be funded. The President's Council on Inclusive Excellence places a high priority on initiatives and programs that help improve and/or assess our campus community on diversity measures. The selection committee invites grant proposals that accomplish one or more of the following:

  1. implement practices of dialogue and civil discourse
  2. promote the integration of diversity – both global perspectives and local multi-culturalism/li>
  3. increase the recruitment and retention of a diverse group of students, faculty and staff
  4. increase faculty scholarship and teaching curricula on issues of diversity
  5. partner curricular and co-curricular departments to enhance student learning
  6. foster students’ understanding of collaboration through faculty or staff partnerships
  7. contribute to long-term change regarding diversity

Application Procedure
Mini-Grant proposals must include (1) a completed cover sheet, and (2) a program narrative. The program narrative must provide an overview of the proposed program or initiative including details on the goals, participants, timeline and proposed budget. In addition, please include details on how you will evaluate the success of your program – in other words, how you’ll measure whether the program met the stated goals.

Mini-Grant applications may be submitted by any faculty member, staff member, student (including undergraduate, graduate, continuing studies and law) at Roger Williams University. Alumni are also invited to submit applications for projects that will directly affect the immediate Roger Williams campus. RWU community members are encouraged to work collaboratively and submit joint applications.

Selection Committee
Projects will be selected by a subset of the President's Council on Inclusive Excellence. Notifications will be made in June 2016. All members of the Council are available for guidance throughout the Mini-Grant application process. Member of the President's Council on Inclusive Excellence include:

John J. King, Vice President for Student Affairs
Kate Borrosh,Special Assistant for Institutional Relations and Events
Alan Canestrari, Associate Professor, School of Education
Avelina Espinosa, Assistant Professor of Biology
Lorraine N. Lalli, Assistant Dean of Students (School of Law)
Don Mays, Director of the Intercultural Center

Submission Deadline and Notification Date
May 6, 2016 – Deadline to apply
June 2016 – Notification to all applicants
July 1, 2016 – Grant funding begins
June 30, 2017 – Deadline for expenditure of all awarded Mini-Grant funds
September 2017 – Deadline for submission of final report

Applications – including cover sheet and narrative – must be submitted to:

Office of Lorraine N. Lalli
Assistant Dean of Students
Roger Williams University School of Law
Phone: (401) 254-4593
Fax: (401) 254-5359