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E&I Update: Deadline extended to Dec. 20 for conference proposals

Proposal submissions for the upcoming 12th Annual Equity & Inclusion Conference have been extended to December 20th

The deadline to submit proposals for the Marian Spencer Award, the E&I Incentive Grants, along with Concurrent Session Proposals has been extended to Friday, December 20th.

The E&I Conference will consist of four concurrent sessions, the Dr. Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Luncheon, and presentation of the 2020 E&I Grant recipients. Aligning with the University of Cincinnati's Strategic Direction, the theme for this year's Equity & Inclusion Conference is UC 2020: Envisioning What's NEXT in Innovation, Inclusion & Impact. The conference is designed to highlight pedagogy, experiential knowledge and innovative practcies that encourage individuals and organizations to build vibrant, diverse and inclusive environments.          

Call for Concurrent Session Proposals

You are invited to submit proposals for the 2020 Equity & Inclusion Conference taking place on April 1, 2020. The conference is designed to highlight pedagogy, experiential knowledge and innovative practices that encourage individuals and organizations to build vibrant, diverse and inclusive environments. This event exemplifies the four core values of the Division of Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact: belongingagencycultural competence, and accountability. 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.

Aligning with the University of Cincinnati's Strategic Direction, the theme for this year's Equity & Inclusion Conference is UC 2020: Envisioning What's NEXT in Innovation, Inclusion & Impact

Click below to view updated guidelines and access the submission portal. For consideration, proposals must be submitted no later than December 20, 2019 with bios and photos for each presenter included. 

Submit a concurrent session proposal

For more information on the call for proposals, please contact Dy'an Marinos or Natalia Darling.

Call for Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Awards

Photo of Dr. Marian Spencer

Celebrated civil rights activist Marian Spencer, a 1942 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, was the first African American female elected to Cincinnati City Council and the first female president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP. She led the fight to desegregate public schools and integrate Coney Island. She won both battles. We want to continue to honor Mrs.  Spencer’s legacy of activism and servant leadership through the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Awards. These awards are designed to showcase members of our campus community whose efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion have had a positive impact the university – advancing belonging, agency, cultural competence, and accountability within and across the campus community.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award to be presented at the 12th Annual E&I Conference on April 1, 2020. All UC students, faculty, staff and campus organizations are eligible for these awards. Members of the campus community can nominate individuals and groups for this honor. Nominees must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Promotes a sense of belonging among students, faculty, and staff
  • Facilitates the growth of a sense of agency among colleagues/peers
  •  Exhibits cultural competence when interacting with Bearcats, vendors, and guests
  •  Prepares others to thrive in a diverse and global workforce by advancing personal and professional accountability

Submit a Marian Spencer Award Nomination

Call for E&I Incentive Grants

The Equity & Inclusion Incentive Grant program seeks to support collaborative efforts between colleges and units that align with the Inclusive Excellence pathway in our university’s Strategic Direction. To advance those ideals, E&I seeks to enhance belonging, agency, cultural competence, and accountability within and across the campus community.

These are defined in the following ways:

  • Belonging: The degree to which one feels supported, connected, valued and respected.
  • Agency: The ability to use one’s personal power to impact positive change.
  • Cultural Competence: The awareness, knowledge and skills to interact comfortably across difference.
  • Accountability: The obligation of individuals to acknowledge their behaviors and decisions, accept responsibility for them and correct them, if necessary. The expectation for managers and leaders to ensure those in their charge comport themselves accordingly.

Eligibility

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 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. A clear letter of support and intent to fund the project from the Dean of the College or head of the unit must accompany the proposal at time of submission.

The Equity & Inclusion Incentive Grant program was designed to support new and innovative research and activities that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Therefore, projects that have not received funding through this program will be given priority. Grant administrators strongly encourage individuals, colleges, and units that have not received an E&I Incentive Grant to apply.

Proposal format

For full consideration, the proposal should include a title and description addressing:

The purpose of the project: How does the project enhance belonging, agency, cultural competence, or accountability?

The intended audience: Who will participate in and benefit from this project?

Proposed activities: In what research or activity will you engage participants?

A clearly defined timeline: What is the anticipated date of each activity?

Desired outcomes and methods for assessment: What is your anticipated outcome and how will you determine success of the project?

A viable plan for sustainability: How will you continue the work beyond the Incentive Grant-funded year?

Project Budget: Grants may range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the project.

Provide an expense description, requested amount, and cost share. If applicable, indicate other sources of financial support.

Salaries for UC employees, stipends for student assistants, conference travel, and other indirect expenses will not be covered by this award.

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 for the 2020 – 2021 academic year to the Vice President for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact and 2) a presentation to the President’s Diversity Council or to the campus community through a university-wide forum.

Submit an Equity & Inclusion Incentive Grant proposal

Proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, December 20.  Award notification will be sent by January 31, 2020. For additional Information or to ask questions, please contact:

Dy’an Marinos
Phone: 556-8463
Email: Dyan.Marinos@uc.edu

Call for Flash Pitch! Competition

The Equity & Inclusion Flash Pitch! Competition seeks to support activities created by student organizations that align with the Inclusive Excellence pathway in our University’s Strategic Direction. To advance those ideals, we seek to enhance belonging, agency, cultural competence, and accountability within and across the campus community. We define those constructs in the following ways:

  • Belonging: The degree to which one feels supported, connected, valued and respected.
  • Agency: The ability to use one’s personal power to impact positive change.
  • Cultural Competence: The awareness, knowledge and skills to interact comfortably across difference.
  • Accountability: The obligation of individuals to acknowledge their behaviors and decisions, accept responsibility for them and correct them, if necessary. The expectation for managers and leaders to ensure those in their charge comport themselves accordingly.

Eligibility

All student organizations within the university are eligible to apply.

The three projects with the highest scores will be invited to create a 3 minute pitch (i.e. PowerPoint, video, spoken word etc.) highlighting the proposed activity the grant will address. This video will be played during the E&I Conference with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place recipients decided that day.

The pitch will be broadcast to all conference attendees, so it is important that you are creative and have fun while also making sure your video explains why you should be the importance and impact of your proposed activity.

Proposal format

For full consideration, the proposal should include a title and description addressing:

The purpose of the project: How does the project enhance belonging, agency, cultural competence, or accountability?

The intended audience: Who will participate in and benefit from this project?

Proposed activities: In what research or activity will you engage participants?

A clearly defined timeline: What is the anticipated date of each activity?

Desired outcomes and methods for assessment: What is your anticipated outcome and how will you determine success of the project?

Project Budget: Applicants are eligible to win prizes for: 1st Place ($2000), 2nd Place ($1000), 3rd Place ($500)

Provide an expense description. If applicable, indicate other sources of financial support.

Salaries for UC employees, stipends for student assistants, conference travel, and other indirect expenses will not be covered by this award.

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 for the 2020 – 2021 academic year to the Vice President for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact and 2) a presentation to the President’s Diversity Council or to the campus community through a university-wide forum.

Submit a Flash Pitch! Competition proposal

Proposals must be submitted no later than Monday, January 20.  For additional Information or to ask questions, please contact:

Dy’an Marinos
Phone: 556-8463
Email: Dyan.Marinos@uc.edu

Allie Bickett
Phone: 556-7724
Email: Bicketaa@mail.uc.edu