Inclusive Excellence Development Grants
provide system-level support for implementing or strengthening initiatives that advance diversity, access, and inclusion on an NU campus. The initiatives lead to equitable outcomes in one or more of the following priority areas:
- Campus Climate
- Student Recruitment and Retention
- Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention
The goal of the grants is to foster a campus environment that includes a multiplicity of backgrounds, to help recruit and retain the talent needed to advance the University of Nebraska, and to make NU the best place in the nation to be a student, faculty or staff member.
A total of eight grants up to $3,000 each are offered per calendar year in two funding cycles. The grants are offered through the Office of Diversity, Access, and Inclusion through private funds and are awarded as funds are available. Projects and initiatives must include collaboration across groups, offices, departments or divisions, and may include external University partners. Only activities that are free and open to the University community are funded. Funding cannot be utilized for off-campus travel or to support salaries.
Following is a link which details the application process and provides additional background information:
Spring 2019 Schedule for Inclusive Excellence Development Grants:
March 8, 2019 - Call for Proposals
April 19, 2019 - Proposals Due by 5 pm
May 3, 2019 - Grant Awards Announced
May 3–June 14, 2019 - Funds Transferred
For the fall 2018 grant award cycle, three of the awarded grant proposals/awardees are members of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus:
, the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program Executive Director and Political Science faculty member
Dr. Tyler White
“Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting Women in the National Security Field”
The project will establish student programming and resources to provide career development and field-specific mentorship to women engaged in national security.
, Director of the School of Psychology Program
Diversity and Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (DEMAC Assistance Grant) which will be used to support student recruitment and retention efforts by the DEMAC across the UNL Department of Educational Psychology
Sue Ann Gardner
Scholarly Communications Librarian/Professor
Scott L. Gardner
, Professor Biological Sciences
The grant will support the creation of a Spanish translation of an open-access biology textbook. The work will involve the collaboration of nearly 70 faculty co-authors from 15 countries.
The fourth grant awardee is a member of the UNMC campus:
Anne C. Wildermuth,
Assistant Professor and Clinical Medicine Director/Admissions Director and Liaison to the Interservice Physician Assistant Program
“Multiple Mini Interviews in Physician Assistant Admissions: The Final Puzzle Piece in Holistic Review”
Addition of the holistic admissions process is designed to improve student recruitment and retention by minimizing opportunities for bias and better detecting patterns to be more inclusive and equitable in the application and admissions process in order to matriculate a diverse cohort of students.
External Grants & Awards
Please consider highlighting an example of inclusive excellence on your campus by nominating a D&I initiative, program or project for one of the following awards. Funding for D&I initiatives is also available from foundations and other grant making entities, please take a moment to explore them.
Examples of Excelencia - DEADLINE: March 15
Excelencia in Education’s mission is to help accelerate Latino student success in higher education by bringing together research, policy, and practice. The effort brings attention to programs and practices that work for Latinx students and creates a community of common cause where evidence-based practices are shared.
National Extension Diversity Award (APLU)
The Award for Diversity supports efforts that go beyond meeting EEO/AA program requirements. Extension efforts should support the creation of a diverse and pluralistic Cooperative Extension organization at the local, regional, state or national level. The recipient of the Award for Diversity is recognized at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Annual Meeting held in November each year with a commemorative trophy from USDA NIFA and a cash award from ECOP.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2019
The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
The LSAMP program is an alliance-based program with the overall goal of assisting universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.
DEADLINES: Nov. 1 & 15, 2019
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education - NADOHE
March 6–9, 2019
Loews Philadelphia Hotel; Philadelphia, PA
Diversity, Equity, and Student Success: American Association of Colleges & Universities
Engaged Inclusivity: Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations
March 28–30, 2019
Omni William Penn; Pittsburgh, PA
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity - NCORE
May 28–June 1, 2019
The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED)
June 11–13, 2019