Innovative Diversity Efforts Award (IDEA) Program FALL 2011

From: Office of the Special Assistant to the President

The Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP) is pleased to announce a call for proposals to receive grants that will enhance the diversity of thought, socio-economic status and background, ethnicity, and cultural experiences.

The goal of this award is to provide funds to students, faculty and staff members who want to test innovative ideas and/or develop sustainable activities and projects that would enrich the diversity of JMU.

Awards of up to $4000 each will be made during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Individuals, departments, units or groups can submit proposals. The activities should be designed to enhance diversity in its broadest terms including socio-economic status and background, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran/military service status, or any combination. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that are creative and multidisciplinary. Please be aware that applicants cannot use award money to pay themselves, that gifts for participants are not considered a legitimate expense, and that incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.

Application process: The complete application format form can be found on the Diversity website http://www.jmu.edu/diversity. Applicants must submit an electronic copy of the completed proposal (in Word or PDF format) to the Office of Special Assistant to the President (diversity@jmu.edu) by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2011.

Evaluation criteria: The selection committee appointed by the Special Assistant to the President will review applications. The factors that would be used to decide awardees include:

Originality
Impact of program on campus
Duration of activity or project
Feasibility
Sustainability and/or follow up activities

Grant recipients will be notified and announced no later than Friday, December 2, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to keep a copy of the application for their records as submissions will not be returned.

For more information, please contact Jackie Rufo in the Office of Special Assistant to the President at (540) 568-4506 or rufojr@jmu.edu.