Campus climate micro-grant project awards $25,002 in fourth year

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

On November 27, 2018 the Campus Climate Engagement Team (CCET) awarded $25,002 to 31 projects. These awards aim to improve the overall campus climate by supporting new and existing activities at a local or grassroots level. Now in its fourth year, the project received 53 applications. 

To qualify, projects had to be sponsored by either a registered student group or a University department. Applications were considered for their ability to address these priorities: expanding understanding, Increasing access and equity of marginalized populations, and Improving campus climate assessment.

The micro-grant project is funded by the Office of President Eric. W. Kaler. The awards ranged from $431 to $1000 and will go to support these projects:

  • A monthly lunch series hosted by the Accessibility Ambassadors to increase awareness and understanding of the tools available to increase digital accessibility, especially for marginalized groups.
  • A half-day workshop hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Education, focused on the well-being of academic advisers and addressing stress and burnout.
  • Faculty training videos for the inclusion and accommodation of students with disabilities, created by the Organization for Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities.
  • A faculty- and staff-focused GLBTQ+ ally training in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM). The project is led by Compass: Undergraduate, a student group in CSOM.
  • A Muslim Student Association initiative to promote understanding of Muslims and Islam through peaceful and respectful dialogue.
  • A project led by the Minnesota Law School Career Center to fund professional business cards for JD law students who could not otherwise afford them.
  • A four-day, student-led workshop called the Mathematics Project at Minnesota (MPM), to build community among underrepresented students interested in majoring in math.
  • A workshop series to create multiple opportunities for Minnesota Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college students to explore their identities, histories, and narratives. This project is a collaboration among the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC), the Women’s Center, and Asian American Studies (AAS).
  • A project to empower students to explore the need for, and feasibility of, creating a space that would include foot-washing facilities in Appleby Hall.
  • A “Feminist Fridays” film and discussion series, focusing on the themes of identity, power, privilege, and intersectionality. This is organized by the Humphrey School’s Gender, Sex, and Public Events Committee, a student group.
  • “Landscapes of Conflict,” a gallery exhibit of photographic work that will expand historical and cultural understanding of the Dakota homelands on which the University stands. Organized by faculty in CFANS working with an indigenous artist and gallery developer.
  • A Latinx cultural well-being event to provide informal, culturally based coaching and care packages for Latinx students during finals at the end of spring semester. Led by the Latino/a/x Faculty & Staff Association.
  • A training, “Beyond the Binary,” to counter the stigma against the LGBTQ+ population and increase awareness around mental health concerns. Hosted by INC, the diversity, inclusivity and equity initiative of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS), in partnership with key collaborators.
  • “Food for Thought: Designing Solutions to Student Hunger” on the Twin Cities campus, an innovative partnership between Boynton Health Service, the Minnesota Design Center, and the School of Public Health, working with a student-led research team, to address food and housing insecurity.
  •  A workshop led by the Critical Disability Studies Collective called “Creating Collective Access: Disability Pedagogy in Everyday Teaching Practices,” to help ensure a more accessible learning environment for all students.
  • Diversity and Inclusion workshops in the Department of Psychiatry that will strive to improve the climate for faculty and staff in the department by inviting Pneumbra, an African American theater company, to conduct two interactive and introspective workshops. Organized by the department’s diversity and inclusion committee.
  • Support for the creation of a Wellness Room for the Department of Animal Science, to provide designated space to support diverse needs of the department’s faculty, staff, and students.
  • “Claiming the In-between: Embracing Multiracial Identities at the U,” an event hosted by the Multiracial Student Union to provide people with a space to share in culture, community dialogue, and celebration of multiracial identities.
  • “Voicing for Africa” event, led by the African Student Association, to provide an opportunity to celebrate being Africans in Minnesota and discuss issues such as the visa and immigration process, refugees/refugee families, and finding a home in new spaces after being displaced.
  • “We all belong in ECE,” a campaign led by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) to showcase student diversity in the department and promote meaningful actions and behaviors students can take to encourage inclusion.
  • “History of Women in IT” exhibit, curated by Women in Technology (UMN-WIT), to showcase the history of women in IT and STEM at the U. The exhibit will encourage dialogue about the impactful contributions of women in technology and STEM.
  • “Minnesota NICE (New International-Student Conversation Exchange),” a three-part dialogue series led by the University Honors Program to expand understanding of the international student experience and create space for conversations about being an international honors undergraduate student at the U.
  • An AHC-wide inventory of support for underrepresented students that will compile information about the services and co-curricular programs that support marginalized students in the AHC.
  • An event to celebrate the cultural diversity in the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. The event will incorporate educational information, food, cultural wear, and entertainment to share with the broader U community.
  • “Coffee with AAPID (Asian American Pacific Islander Desi Faculty and Staff Association),” a series of monthly dialogues for AAPID staff and faculty to provide ongoing professional development, create safe spaces for support and healing, and provide tools to self-advocate.
  • “MCAE Spring Showcase,” an event created by the MCAE (Multicultural Center for Academic Success) Ambassadors program to give students from all cultural groups a chance to express and share their traditions, and to encourage dialogue and conversation.
  • “CLA Staff of Color Engagement Assessment: Methodology and Findings,” a project to collect data from CLA staff of color to better understand and support their experiences, concerns, and needs. Let by the College of Liberal Arts Staff of Color Community (CLA-SCC) Advocacy Committee.
  • Three events hosted by the Black Motivate Women student group during Women’s Month in March for women on campus who identify with the Black diaspora. The events will include networking, mentorship, and a health and beauty showcase to foster dialogue and connections.
  • A qualitative assessment of international undergraduate students’ experiences, concerns, and fears on campus due to the current political climate. The survey will be developed by the International Student Advisory Board, and the assessment will amplify both international student voices on campus and understanding of their campus concerns.
  • “How to Survive the End of the World Live Podcast,” an event sponsored by the Women’s Center to delve into practices to enrich attendees’ understanding of various social justice issues and the impact of the myriad and intersectional oppressions that affect the collective experience of the campus climate.
  • The Department of Entomology will host a speaker from the field of Entomology to discuss topics related to diversity and equity in order to expand understanding of the challenges and barriers keeping individuals from marginalized communities from joining the department, feeling welcome, and assuming leadership roles.

See the results from the 2017-18,  2016-17 and 2015-16 micro-grants projects.



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