President’s Commitment to Community Initiative

The President’s Commitment to Community initiative is designed to reduce bigotry, prejudice, and discrimination and to foster respect and understanding among the UConn community. Funds have been set aside to encourage new efforts led by students, alumni, faculty, and staff that align with the President’s high-level goals for the 2020 academic year:

  1. Adding significantly to the diversity of our faculty and staff.
  2. Supporting an ecosystem to confront difficult truths and promote important conversations around race and ethnicity.
  3. Adding training that focuses on racial literacy and responsive approaches for managers and leaders.

All members of the UConn Nation are invited to apply for financial support for their initiative. Applications will be reviewed weekly by a committee convened by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Priority will be given to any initiatives that involve multiple partnerships across campus.
  • Proposals will be accepted through November 30, 2020.
  • Initiatives must take place by August 2021 and must be open to members of the University community.
  • Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty and staff on their initiatives.
  • Proposals must describe the particular goal/issue it will address, the desired outcome of the initiative, and include an assessment plan and a detailed listing of projected expenses.
  • Eligible initiatives must be concrete, substantive programs, events, activities, advocacy, or other work of significance aligned with the stated goal.
  • Initiatives can be one-time, multi-part, or a series of activities.
  • Funds ranging from $500 – $25,000 may be available for selected initiatives, with a limited number at the higher level.

NOTE: If, for any reason, you are unable or have difficulty submitting your proposal, you are asked to simply re-submit it. The committee will consider your completed material. Thanks.

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