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2019 UC Equity & Inclusion Conference set for April 3

What to know about submitting proposals, grant requests and award nominations

The upcoming Equity & Inclusion conference will be held April 3, 2019. There are three ways you can be involved in the conference including: submitting a proposal to be presented at the conference, a grant proposal from a college and/or unit and nominations for the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Awards. 

Group photo at the annual equity & inclusion conference

Call for Concurrent Session Proposals

The conference is designed to highlight pedagogy, experiential knowledge and innovative practices that encourage individuals and organizations to build vibrant, diverse and inclusive environments. Interactive workshop presentations, training seminars and stimulating panel discussions are being sought. Concurrent session proposals are welcome from all interested faculty, students, staff and administrators who practice and value inclusive excellence.

In observance of the University of Cincinnati's Bicentennial Celebration, the theme for this year's Equity & Inclusion Conference is UC@200: Owning the Journey. In keeping with President Pinto's vision, this year's conference will focus on the history of the institution while "elevat[ing] its dynamic present, and look[ing] forward with great anticipation to its innovative impact over the next 200 years".

In the spirit of Boldy Bearcat, the 2019 Equity & Inclusion Conference centers on honoring the past, elevating the present and bending the future.

Click below to view updated guidelines and access the submission portal. For consideration, proposals must be submitted no later than Jan, 4, 2019, with bios and photos of each presenter included. 

Submit a concurrent session proposal

For more information on the call for proposals, please contact Dy'an Marinos at or Lisa Newman at

A group of students at the University of Cincinnati library

2019 Equity & Inclusion Grants Request for Proposals 

The University of Cincinnati is on a journey towards Inclusive Excellence: embracing the spectrum of diversity and infusing inclusion into every aspect of campus life. 

Purpose: The Equity & Inclusion Incentive Grant program seeks to support collaborative efforts between colleges and units to enhance diversity and inclusion through innovative practices that align with the goals and objectives in our Diversity Plan.

Eligibility includes: 

  • Students, faculty, and staff in all colleges and units within the university are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals must be collaborative in nature (college/college, college/unit, unit/unit).
  • Proposals involving multiple partners must identify a lead college or unit. A college/unit can only submit one proposal as a a lead, but is not limited in the number of proposals it can participate in otherwise. The proposal must have approval from the head of the lead college/unit.
  • A 1:1 cash match is required. Matching funds will signal a strong commitment to the proposed program by the submitting college/unit.

Proposal Format: Proposals must include a project title and description. The description should address the following:

  • The purpose of the project,
  • The intended audience,
  • Proposed activities,
  • A clearly defined timeline,
  • Desired outcomes and methods for assessment, and
  • A viable plan for sustainability.

Project Budget: Grants may range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the project. Submitters must provide an expense description, requested amount, and cost share. If applicable, indicate other sources of financial support. Please note that salaries, conference travel and other indirect expenses will not be covered by this award. Also, no more than 25 percent of the award may be used to cover catering expenses. 

Report Requirements: Grantees funded under this RFP will be required to report in two formats: 1) a final written report due at the end of the 2019-20 academic year to the Vice President for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact and 2) a presentation to the President's Diversity Council or in a university-wide forum.

Submit an Equity & Inclusion Incentive Grant Proposal

Proposals must be submitted no later than Jan. 4, 2019. Award notification will be sent by Feb. 8, 2019. 

Questions and concerns should be forwarded in writing to and they will be responded to accordingly. 

Picture of Marian Spencer

Marian Spencer, Civil Rights Activist

Call for Nominations: Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Awards

Marian Spencer, a celebrated civil rights activist, is a 1942 graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She was the first African-American female elected to Cincinnati City Council and the first female president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP. Spencer led the fight to desegregate public schools and integrate Coney Island — she won both battles.

In recognition of the longstanding contributions by Marian Spencer, the President's Diversity Council sponsors the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award. This award is designed to showcase current campus-affiliated individuals and groups whose efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion have had a positive impact on the university. 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award to be presented at the conference. All UC students, faculty, staff and campus organizations are eligible for these awards. Members of the campus community can nominated individuals and groups for this award if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Promote awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Exhibits sensitivity to people of various cultures
  • Facilitates growth among colleagues/peers grow related to diversity (race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, socio-economic level, etc.), equity, and inclusion
  • Prepares others to thrive in a diverse and global workforce
  • Collaboratives with colleagues to create and implement initiatives and policies that build an inclusive environment

Nominations must be received by Jan. 4, 2019. 

Submit a Nomination for the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award

Be sure to keep up-to-date with events from the Division of Equity, Inclusion & Community impact on the new calendar found on our website. Included in the calendar are religious observances along with upcoming workshops and events associated with diversity and inclusion. 

Click to view Events and Observances Calendar

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