Clemson University respects the unique character and inherent worth of each individual represented within the University community. The University is substantially enhanced by the diversity of its campus community, academic curricula, programs, co-curricular activities and events. In recognition of the importance of diversity toward enriching the campus community and preparing students to be effective in a global society, the Diversity Incentive Fund has been established. This Fund will be awarded annually to an individual or organizational unit that submits a proposal which describes an activity, program or project that promotes equal opportunity, intercultural understanding, diversity, equity or climate enhancement. Projects or activities which encourage appreciation, respect, and understanding among individuals and groups regardless of gender identity, ethnic group identification, age, national boundaries, racial identification, religion, sexual orientation, cultural background, disability, etc., are encouraged.
The Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Fund is intended to encourage and support faculty, staff and students through the creation of new opportunities for interaction and cross-cultural learning. The Fund can be used to support innovative and creative approaches to engaging a broad cross-section of the university community in issues related to diversity, inclusion, cross cultural learning and climate enhancement activities. The primary emphasis of this initiative is on student learning. This fund is not intended to support ongoing programs, research projects, individual projects, international travel, conference attendance, staff or faculty salaries.
Eligible applicants are any full-time, permanent, tenure track faculty member or permanent staff member. Individuals on a terminal notice, retired persons, and individuals on leave of absence or on sabbatical are not eligible. Also, applications from individuals who have resigned or who have accepted a full-time position at another institution will not be honored.
1. TEACHING — Funding in this category supports course related expenses or activities which directly impact students. Instruction in this category is primarily for classroom instruction but may also be used to provide support for seminars, workshops, institutes, lectures, performances or conferences held on the Clemson main campus. Since diversity funding is considered seed money, priority will be given to successful projects that are sustainable without dependence upon support from the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Grant Fund.
2. TRAVEL — Funds are available to support active learning opportunities which benefit students. Travel for individuals to attend professional conferences or other professional gatherings are not eligible for funding support. Grant funds cannot be used for international travel. The expense of a proposed trip relative to the scope of its potential impact is an important consideration. A central goal of the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Grant Fund is to support activities that will positively impact the Clemson campus particularly as it relates to creating a more positive campus climate and an enlightened student body regarding diversity topics.
1. PROJECT DESCRIPTION — An applicant must submit a description of the proposed activity, course, seminar, workshop, etc. This description should also include a discussion of the expected outcomes, impact or results of the activities outlined in the proposal. The description should also present a clear assessment plan for determining the impact of the proposed project. Narratives should not exceed five double-spaced pages excluding the budget.
2. BUDGET — A detailed itemized budget must be included with the proposal. No funds can be used to purchase equipment, food or beverages. However, films, video, music or software may be purchased providing there is clear evidence of a direct benefit to student participants in the activity or project.
3. SELECTION CRITERIA — the selection process will include the following criteria:
Awards will be announced in the summer for the fall semester.
- Innovation — proposal of a pro-active initiative, activity, program, event or course which enriches the overall quality of the university community
- Leadership — any activity or program, which enhances the university community and is likely to increase the prestige of the institution while positively influencing students
- Impact — demonstration of efforts which are likely to affect a broad population by contributing to a positive campus climate through the promotion of equity, understanding, cooperation, and mutual respect for all people through activities, programs, practices, procedures or various other means
- Efficiency — effective use of existing resources or the efficient coordination of resources to support specific aspects of a proposed initiative
- Feasibility — likelihood that the proposed activity, program, project or event will be successfully implemented
- Assessment — A clear plan should be outlined in the proposal which explains how the proposed activity will be evaluated
The Office of Inclusion and Equity will appoint a panel to review proposals.
A short written report is due to the Office of Inclusion and Equity within 30 days following the conclusion of the project or activity. The report should discuss the impact of the activity; identify participation levels and list outcomes of the activity. No grant recipient will be eligible for further funding should the recipient fail to meet this requirement.
Incentive funds will range from $500 to $5,000.
Send proposal to:
Office of Inclusion and Equity
103 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 29634