Proposals are now being received for the second phase of the New Approaches to Diversity and Inclusion Program. The program, which supported 21 innovative programs last year, is being renewed with $300,000 in private funds set aside by President Jere W. Morehead.
“As I said in my State of the University Address in January, the University of Georgia must continue to make steady progress toward greater diversity and inclusion if we are to reach our full potential as a public land-grant institution,” said Morehead. “Now, more than ever, I am committed to advancing that important goal. I am pleased to provide a second round of grant funding to support programs that promote the recruitment, retention and academic success of underrepresented, first-generation, rural and other underserved students.”
Building on the success of the original grants initiated in fall 2017, the second phase will provide awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for programs and projects sponsored by an office or department within a UGA school, college or administrative unit that directly supports recruitment and retention efforts. Phase II will support not only new projects, but also extensions of previously funded efforts that have demonstrated the greatest promise for impact and a sustainable funding model.
“The New Approaches grant program provides units with a unique opportunity to innovate in this important area, tapping into the creative energy that abounds at this institution,” said Michelle Cook, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and strategic university initiatives. “It amplifies the message that diversity and inclusion are shared core values at UGA.”
Last year’s innovative programs addressed a range of topics such as outreach to provide information to incoming first-generation college students, a College of Public Health pre-collegiate summer institute and a School of Law initiative to expand representation of individuals in the law profession.
Proposals for new funding will be accepted through May 8, 2019. As was done in the first phase of the program, Cook and Assistant to the President Arthur Tripp will convene a committee to evaluate the proposals and award the grants. For more information or to submit proposals, please visit the New Approaches website.