The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning seek to support ambitious efforts from faculty to engage questions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in scholarship and pedagogy. These events—featuring invited scholars or practitioners—might include academic conferences, speaker series, film screenings, seminars, colloquia, or roundtables. Any programming should address issues of campus climate and/or institutional diversity.
Given the current circumstances, we are eager to consider proposals that focus on making the online classroom more inclusive. For instance, activities that focus on curricular redesign with an emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging or Zoom visitors who might guest lecture in a course and meet separately with faculty and/or students to discuss issues related to DEI within the academy. Collaborations between more than one school or program of the University are particularly encouraged. For individual guest lectures on Zoom, a suggested honorarium range is $250-500. Larger amounts of funding will be considered for particularly creative and ambitious proposals.
Examples of what might be funded through the Belonging at Yale grants for faculty:
- The Poorvu Center sponsors a visit from a professor of biological sciences who speaks about diversity and equity on a national level, addressing campus strategies for DEI in a lunchtime roundtable, a workshop, and visits with students in a department.
- RITM supports a one-day symposium focusing on the work of a scholar of Latinx literature at another Ivy League university; the following morning, the department chair invites interested junior faculty to breakfast to discuss mentoring, publishing, “invisible labor,” and career advancement.
The Grants for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging are an initiative of Belonging at Yale and is a partnership with the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, which offers similar grant support for students and student organizations.
Additional guidelines, including the requirement for a brief final report, will be provided to successful applicants.
To apply for funding, please complete the application on the RITM website. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.