Innovative diversity program seeks applicants for 2013


Adam Bradley, an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder, works to unlock the students’ innate understanding of literary forms and, with luck, to unleash a desire to go to college. Photo by Glenn Asakawa.

Faculty members working to enhance diversity at the University of Colorado Boulder are continuing to get help from the institution.

A program developed by the Diversity Committee of the Arts and Sciences Council aims to help faculty focus on “retention, role modeling and outreach, which could yield real and tangible improvements” in diversity, a program announcement states.

Each Enhancing Diversity through Action and Outreach Fellowship will provide a $5,000 summer stipend from the college and as much as $3,000 from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement. The ODECE funds, which would vary according to each initiative’s needs, would subsidize development and implementation.

Each fellowship spans one year, during which a “motivated faculty member” would devote time to diversity initiatives. Only one fellowship will be awarded per year.

Adam Bradley, an associate professor of English, is on a mission: to unlock the pre-collegiate students’ innate understanding of literary forms and, with luck, to unleash a desire to go to college.

His program, titled “Hip Hop in the Classroom,” links Bradley’s own scholarly research of hip hop with efforts to diversify curricula in metro-area middle schools and high schools, particularly those whose students include ethnic groups under-represented in higher education.

His program has been publicized in the Boulder Camera, Westword and Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine.

The program’s aim is to make a measurable impact. Fellowship recipients will be required to produce a final report of their accomplishments, which should help measure each initiative’s success.

Proposals that could be funded include tutoring, teaching or speaking at K-12 schools, particularly to help students who may not have been exposed to the faculty member’s area of scholarship.

Fellowships could also fund mentorship-program development aimed at faculty or summer language-immersion programs conducted by faculty for young people.

Applicants must hold a tenured or tenure-track appointment or a 50-percent or greater faculty appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences. Applicants may submit no more than one application per review cycle, and they may not be members of the Arts and Sciences Council Diversity Committee.

Applications must include a project description no longer than three pages that includes the title, goals, procedure/methodology, the significance of the work to enhance diversity at the college level, and the expected outcome of the grant. Applications must also include a curriculum vita of no more than three pages.

Proposals will be rated on merit, with priority given to projects that involve new approaches to retention, role-modeling and outreach. Proposals will also be ranked on criteria including sustainability, need and feasibility and potential positive impact on diversity.

Applications for the Enhancing Diversity through Action and Outreach are due by Feb. 25, 2013.  Funds for the 2013 fellowship will be distributed on July 1. For more information, contact Janice Jeffryes at janice.jeffryes@colorado.edu.

Feb. 13, 2013

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