Diversity and Excellence grant winners named

By Staff

Diversity and Excellence grant winners named
This year's CU's Diversity and Excellence grants, designed to help faculty and/or staff projects that promote diversity and inclusion, have been announced. Awards of up to $3,000 are made for one calendar year, but may be funded one additional year.

The awardees and their projects are:

  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    Victoria HandCraig SchneiderKaren Germann and Collinus Newsome Hutt, School of Education: "Recruiting students from diverse backgrounds into secondary mathematics and science teaching." The school will host a statewide conference that will bring first-generation high school juniors from urban school districts that excel in mathematics and science to learn about CU-Teach and CU-Boulder.

    Anthea Johnson, ATLAS Institute: "Digital CUrrents summer camp." The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society Institute will develop and implement a new session of the camp to engage ethnic minority students in the use of current information and communication technology.

    Susan Moore and Any Thrasher, speech, language and hearing sciences, and Richelle Munkhoff, department of English: "Learning from one another: Personal stories to create a forum for meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion." Stories will be collected, published and disseminated to promote diversity and inclusion.

  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    Traci Freeman, writing center and department of English: "Working with multilingual writers across the curriculum." A series of workshops will prepare faculty and writing consultants at UCCS to support multilingual writers across the curriculum.

    Anthony Cordova, Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness and Community, Barbara Gaddis, First Year Experience and Student Retention, and Brad Bayer and Sabrina Weinholtz, Student Life and Development: "HELP! Helping Ensure Latina/o Persistence through peer mentoring." The goal is to engage Latino/a freshmen and transfer students in the campus community to improve retention rates and academic success.

    Janet Sauer and Christi Kasa-Hendrickson, special education: "Diverse families as faculty." This project will fund the recruitment of multicultural and ethnic minority families from the community that have a child with a disability to become involved in the teacher preparation program at UCCS.

    Corinne Harmon, College of Education: "Inclusivity via digital storytelling." This project provides underrepresented LGBTQI students an opportunity to create their own digital stories through a workshop setting.

  • University of Colorado Denver
    Kim Pierpoint and Evelin Gomez, School of Medicine — Kempe Center: "Promoting awareness of child abuse and neglect from our community youth through artistic expression." The project will culminate in a live theater production followed by a panel discussion.

    Margarita Bianco and Barbara Dray, School of Education and Human Development, and Danny Martinez, CU Succeed Programs: "Opening pathways to teaching: A collaborative pipeline project for diverse future teachers." The project will respond to a state and local need to increase the number of diverse teachers in Colorado and to address the urgent need to increase the diversity within the student population in the School of Education.

    Brenda Allen, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Abby Ferber, Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs): "Knapsack Institute Scholarships for faculty at UCD." This project will provide scholarships for five faculty members at the University of Colorado Denver to attend the institute where attendees receive and share ideas and strategies related to pedagogical approaches to teaching diversity

    Mary Sommerville, Auraria Library: "Displaced Aurarians: A community archive, theater and recruitment project." This project honors former residents of the Auraria neighborhood who were evicted and relocated in the 1970s to permit construction of the Auraria Higher Education Center.