The College invites faculty members to submit mini-grants for inviting speakers to the College to discuss topics of diversity and inclusion. Issues may include, but are not limited to, issues of gender, gender identity, disability, race/ethnicity, immigration status, age, class differences, etc. These are small grants (up to $500 each) to bring in speakers from the surrounding area who can address relevant and timely topics related to diversity and our professions—journalism, advertising, public relations and entertainment and media studies. A total of about three to four grants will be awarded annually to defray some travel expenses. Priority will be given to speakers who have the ability to speak to a broad group of students. It will be expected that the speaker’s appearance will, at a minimum, be publicized throughout the College via listservs and weekly Grady emails so that all students and faculty will have the opportunity to know about and attend the event.
To apply, send an e-proposal to the associate dean for academic affairs, María Len-Ríos, titled, “Mini-Grant Diverse Speaker Proposal” outlining:
- Name of speaker and credentials/qualifications
- Potential topic/subject and how it brings diverse voices/inclusive ideas to the College
- Potential date of presentation – who will be invited to attend (expected impact/reach of event)
- Estimate of costs (e.g., two nights at hotel @ $xxx.00)
- Whether the speaker has agreed to speak yet or not.
Funding will be awarded based on the potential impact of the presentation on learning for the student body and faculty. Money will be dispensed after the speaker has visited campus (reimbursement). Priority will be given to proposals from faculty/programs that do not have funding from elsewhere. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all monies are committed. The Diversity Committee will review proposals and make a recommendation for approval to the Dean.