A project to support Washington University in St. Louis faculty and staff who work with students from underrepresented minority groups and an internship program for underrepresented minorities that could lead to a career in a technology field are among the winning proposals of the University's Diversity and Inclusion Grants program for 2011-12.
The Advisory Committee for the Diversity and Inclusion Grants has awarded eight grants totaling nearly $174,000 to Washington University faculty and administrators for initiatives that improve the university environment for women and members of underrepresented minority groups.
Faculty and administrators submitted 16 proposals for program initiatives that strengthen and promote diversity and inclusion at WUSTL. Diversity includes differences in gender, race, ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, philosophy, disability, and sexual orientation.
The Office of the Provost funds the Diversity and Inclusion Grant program. Now in its third year, the program has awarded almost $600,000 in grant money for 29 projects.
Funding for the selected projects is one-time only, and awards range in size up to a maximum of $30,000.
"We are continuing to get innovative and ambitious proposals that themselves reflect the diversity of interests in making our campus more inclusive," says Adrienne D. Davis, JD, vice provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law and co-chair of the Advisory Committee for the Diversity and Inclusion Grants. "I think of the grants as democratizing diversity."
"The quality of the proposals was impressive, and I am hopeful that these grants have the potential to significantly enhance diversity on campus," says Kathleen B. McDermott, PhD, professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences and the advisory committee's co-chair.
The project team leaders of the winning proposals, amounts awarded, and project titles are:
Timothy J. Bono, PhD, assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and lecturer in the Department of Psychology, $22,000 for "Supporting Faculty and Staff Who Work With Students of Color."
Koong-Nah Chung, PhD, associate dean and director of medical student research in the School of Medicine, $30,000 for "Training of Meharry Medical College Medical Students in the Washington University School of Medicine's Summer Research Program."
Heather L. Hageman, director of educational planning and program assessment and director of the standardized patient program in the Office of Education at the School of Medicine, $19,450 for "Train-The-Trainer Program on Inclusion."
Denise R. Hirschbeck, assistant vice chancellor for Information Services and Technology, $30,000 for "Expanding Diversity in Technology: Internship Program for Staffing Technology Positions on Campus."
Panos Kouvelis, PhD, the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management, senior associate dean and director of executive programs, and director of the Boeing Center for Technology, Information & Manufacturing at the Olin Business School, $30,000 for "Olin Business School Women's Leadership Forum."
Peter B. MacKeith, associate dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and associate professor of architecture, $12,350 for "Empowering Faculty, Staff, and Administrators to Support the Integration of International Graduate and Professional Students into Departmental Communities."
Leah A. Merrifield, executive director for academic-civic engagement in the Office of Government and Community Relations, $12,000 for "Community Guide to Washington University AND the St. Louis Region."
Michael W. Sherraden, PhD, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and director of the Center for Social Development, and Molly Tovar, EdD, director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies, both at the Brown School, $18,113 for the "Interdisciplinary Leadership Summit for Faculty, Staff, and Students at Washington University.
Hageman and MacKeith were winning project leaders last year as well.
"This grant results from a University-wide initiative involving the Office for International Students and Scholars, the English Language Programs, and all graduate schools," MacKeith says.
"The project demonstrates a commitment by the University to its international students and to its larger international mission, and we anticipate a productive set of workshops benefiting faculty, staff and students," MacKeith says.
Other members of the Advisory Committee for the Diversity and Inclusion Grants are:
Iver Bernstein, PhD, professor of history, of African and African-American studies and of American culture studies, all in Arts & Sciences; Naomi Daradar Sigg, assistant director of student involvement and leadership in the Office of Student Activities; Dayna Early, MD, professor of medicine in the School of Medicine; Robert G. Hansman, associate professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Vetta L. Sanders-Thompson, PhD, associate professor of public health in the Brown School; and Jay R. Turner, PhD, associate professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
For more information, visit diversity.wustl.edu.