University Diversity Mini-Grant Program Recipients, 2010-11

We are pleased to announce that 10 Diversity Mini-Grants were awarded for the 2010-11 academic year. The awards were all in the range of $2,000 to $3,000, totaling $28,850. We received proposals from colleges, departments, and units all across campus, addressing a wide range of issues concerning student and faculty diversity, building community, enhancing the curriculum, and providing cross cultural training and experiences for students. Thank you to all who submitted proposals. We learned a great deal about the tremendous ideas, energy, and enthusiasm of NC State staff and faculty. Many thanks to the Provost’s Office and to the ADVANCE Developing Diverse Departments Project for providing the funding that made this awards program possible.

Short descriptions of the mini-grants awarded:

 

Best Practices – Hiring a Diverse Workforce Carson Cook, Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity Enhance the effectiveness of search committees through update of OIED’s ‘Hiring Best Practices’ video. Objectives: Update search committee ‘best practices’ video; provide an opportunity for faculty feedback pre and post update; ensure the accessibility of the video by using the ‘best’ technology and technological accessibility advice; ensure the usability of update for at least 3 years.
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Diversity Forum and Undergraduate Student Poster Symposium Kimberly Bush, Dorothy Anderson, Jason Bocarro, Kathy Hamilton Gore, Edwin Lindsay, Annette Moore, Janell Moretz, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management The PRTM Diversity Forum & Undergraduate Student Poster Symposium
An afternoon (tentative date: Monday, March 21, 2010) where a keynote speaker noted for knowledge on topics of diversity is invited to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management to share examples of their recent scholarly activity and address the topic “Preparing Professionals for Inclusion and Diversity in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management fields”. Following the presentation, Mr. Thomas Easley (Director of the Community for Diversity in the College of Natural Resources) and Shaefny Grays (Assistant Director of the Community for Diversity in the College of Natural Resources) will facilitate a session on diversity with the students. The day will conclude with students (who are finalists from the course poster presentations) sharing their posters.
Communication Domestic Travel Course Feasibility Study Christina Moss, Department of Communication Develop  Course: Rhetorics of Race, Gender and Southern Identity
This course discusses the ways in which gender, race and southern identity are publically communicated and displayed in the South.  Students read theoretical frameworks on identity and rhetoric and then apply these frameworks to southern historical documents, historical sites, experiences and texts with special emphasis on the way gender and race are defined, used, and demonstrated within the various sites to project a particular message.
EDGE Network Kimberly Weems, Department of Statistics Expand the NC EDGE mentoring cluster by hosting a mini-symposium at NC State for women in mathematics and statistics in North Carolina, focusing  particularly on those in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill (Triangle) area.
The goals of the symposium are as follows:
Build a network of local female mathematicians and statisticians in order to foster mentoring and collaborative relationships; provide an opportunity for graduate students to present their research in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment.
Universal Design for Learning: Rethinking Difference and Access Susan Miller-Cochran, Kevin Brock, Department of English Create a department-wide workshop for faculty on how best to connect existing curricula and teaching methods with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
The workshop will be led by a nationally-recognized expert on UDL who also has expertise in English studies, and it will focus on both broad course design issues and specific in-class lessons. This workshop is the initial step towards providing a basis for departmental self-sustainability in approaching and instructing UDL principles between faculty members.
PAMS Weekend with the Wolfpack Jamila Simpson, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences The College of PAMS Weekend with the Wolfpack.
The purpose of this program is to increase the recruitment of underrepresented students in the College of PAMS. This program will be modeled after the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s Project Uplift. This will be a three-day visitation program in which high achieving rising seniors experience college life on NC State’s campus. Students will visit classes, meet current NC State students and alumni, meet faculty and staff, and participate in cultural/social activities.
UMOJA Student Diversity Retreat Edward Brown, College of Textiles, and Thomas Easley, College of Natural Resources The UMOJA Student Leadership Retreat
A collaboration between the College of Textiles’ Office of Diversity Programs and the College of Natural Resources Office of Community Diversity.  The retreat shall be open to all students and student leaders of the collaborating colleges and held during the 3rd weekend of February 2011 at Camp Caraway Conference Center in Asheboro, NC. Issues surrounding diversity including race, gender, sexual orientation and others, continue to permeate the campus of North Carolina State University.  The objectives are to: 1) educate students to appreciate and participate in the various cultures represented at NC State; 2) encourage open dialogue, support, and proactive collaboration among student leaders and the organizations they represent; 3) foster a sense of unity among all communities through developing a greater understanding of what it means to be diverse, to accept the diversity of others and acknowledge their own diversity.
Preparing students for a diverse future: Designing a cultural competency training program for community engagement in agriculture Julie Grossman, Sarah Smith, Elizabeth Driscoll, Departments of Soil Science and Horticulture The goal of this project is to better prepare agriculture students to be confident community educators equipped to share their knowledge with the public, particularly ethnically and racially diverse populations.
Our objectives are to design, evaluate and make publically available a training curriculum that includes lessons to develop student knowledge of diversity, cultural competency, and teaching skills. This curriculum is being piloted in a Soil Agroecology (Department of Soil Science) course prior to a required student service-learning experience during fall semestersof 2010and 2011.
Research Native American student success programs Tracey Ray, Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity Research student success and retention programs for current and future Native American students for programmatic improvements.
Conduct institutional comparisons of models and services for the expansion of services for recruitment, retention and graduation of Native American students. In addition,  provide training and insight through the 2011 Native American Student Advocacy Institute (hosted by the University of Oklahoma). Finally, this initiative will also extend invitations to external reviewers to offer their expertise and insight into the current models at NC State in comparison to competing area institutions including, but not limited to UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Pembroke and UNC Charlotte.

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