The Office of Diversity, Access and Inclusion administers university-wide award and grant programs that recognize and honor students, faculty, staff, administrative units and campuses whose efforts support NU’s Strategic Framework goals relating to diversity and equity.
Award Background and Overview
Each year the University of Nebraska presents up to six faculty members and one department or unit with the President’s Excellence Awards—our most prestigious honors for success in the classroom, laboratory and community. This year we’re proud to announce the addition of a new award, the Inclusive Excellence Collaboration Award (IECA), which recognizes efforts that move the University toward inclusive excellence.
Funding Opportunities and Requirements
This award will honor significant and sustained efforts in diversity and inclusion between two or more University of Nebraska academic and/or administrative units or campuses. The honored administrative and/or academic departments/units or campuses will be awarded $25,000 to support diversity, access, and inclusion efforts on campus, an engraved plaque, and be featured on the University of Nebraska website.
The academic and/or administrative departments/units or campuses will exemplify significant advancement and proven outcomes in inclusive excellence evidenced by successful and sustainable diversity, access, and inclusion effort(s). Efforts must impact one or more of NU’s diversity and inclusion priority areas that correlate with the inclusive excellence framework, and the President’s Cornerstones. The award will only be given when merited and need not be made in any given year.
Timeline and Application
Nominations due November 1, 2019. For more detailed information, see below.
Inclusive Excellence Collaboration Award Application (more information coming soon!)
Inclusive Excellence Development Grants
Grant Background and Overview
Inclusive Excellence Development Grants provide system-level support for implementing or strengthening initiatives that advance diversity, access, and inclusion on an NU campus. These initiatives should lead to equitable outcomes in one or more of the following priority areas:
- Campus Climate
- Student Recruitment and Retention
- Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention
The goals of the grants: to foster a campus environment that includes a multiplicity of backgrounds, to help recruit and retain the talent needed to advance the University of Nebraska, and to make NU the best place in the nation to be a student, faculty or staff member.
Spring 2019 Inclusive Excellence Development Grants were awarded to:
- The “Check Your Mental Health” event at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which aims to increase understanding of mental health resources, awareness of stereotypes related to mental illness, and actions to improve well-being.
- Racial literacy roundtables at UNL’s College of Education and Human Sciences, which engage UNL researchers and community experts in intentional, facilitated conversations around race and intersectionality.
- The First-Gen Mavs Faculty/Staff Symposium at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, which will bring together faculty and staff to share best practices, raise awareness and increase retention efforts specifically for first-generation students at UNO.
- A virtual reality-based diversity and inclusion training program developed by faculty at UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications in collaboration with the Staff Diversity and Inclusion office. The program provides immersive, interactive experiences in addressing difficult diversity, inclusion and equity issues through role-playing.
Funding Opportunities and Requirements
A total of eight grants up to $3,000 each will be offered per calendar year in two funding cycles. The grants will be offered through the Office of Diversity, Access, and Inclusion as funds are available. Projects and initiatives must include collaboration across groups, offices, departments or divisions, and may include external University partners. Only activities that are free and open to the University community will be funded. Funding cannot be utilized for off-campus travel or to support salaries.
For more detailed information, see below.
Applications and Timeline
Applicants must submit an electronic copy of the completed proposal (in PDF or Word format) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in the Office of Diversity, Access, and Inclusion. The proposal must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Inclusive Excellence Development Series