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Congratulations to the 2022 Diversity Curriculum Grant Awardees!

Elizabeth K. Herron, Mee Young Sowa & Hui Zhao, School of Nursing
Callie Miller & Daniel Castaneda, Deptartment of Engineering & Melissa Alemán, School of Communication Studies
Kristin Wylie, Department of Political Science
Dawn Goode, Department of English, Kristen Shrewsbury, Learning Center, Mary Thompson, Department of English
Justin Henriquez, Department of Engineering
Tiffany Brutus, Athletics Program & Patrice Ludwig, Department of Biology 
Rachel Rhoades, School of Theatre and Dance 
Zareen Rahman, College of Education
Jessica Davidson, Department of History
John Ott, School of Art, Design, and Art History

Click here for details on the awardees.

About the Award

James Madison University promotes access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff constituents, and programs, believing that these are foundational components of outstanding research and education in keeping with our mission. The purpose of the Diversity Curriculum Development Grant is to support this Academic Affairs mission of enhancing access, equity and curriculum development, faculty research, professional development, and practices that will impact student learning/training and institutional culture. Our definition of diversity covers age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. View JMU Policy 1302 here.

This initiative supports JMU’s Strategic Priority of Embracing Access, Inclusivity and Diversity, as well as the Core Quality of Academic Quality. Further, we seek proposals that will enhance the Academic Affairs anti-racist and anti-discrimination agenda. View strategic plan here.

Therefore, the Office of the Provost, through the Advisory Council of the Associate Provost for Diversity, and in partnership with the Office of Research and Scholarship is pleased to announce competition for at least six diversity curriculum and research development grants for up to $3,000 each. The Council seeks proposals that contribute to enriching educational and research experiences that will support ongoing DEI commitments. The Advisory Council is particularly interested in making awards to support research that pilots new and innovative pedagogical initiatives that will have great impact across the disciplines and curricula that help foster and sustain DEI. Awards may also support DEI-responsive non-curriculum related research that promotes student learning and development. Proposals that include students as active participants in a significant way are encouraged. 

Applicants should:

  • Propose and research new innovative pedagogical initiatives to implement, pilot, and explore aspects of diversity in the curriculum that will have a greater impact across disciplines or an academic unit.
  • Respond to a gap in curricula at JMU and based on well-founded research, propose developing a new course that incorporates diversity or inclusivity learning outcomes.       
  • Propose research on issues and pilot initiatives relating to sustainable academic affairs practices that foster access, retention, diversity, and inclusion at JMU.
  • Articulate potential for future scaling up or expansion including application for externally funded research on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Propose major grant writing DEI project.

Proposals may seek matching funds from department or elsewhere for costs relating to: 

  • salaries
  • conference support
  • food and drinks 
  • instructional projects that do not go beyond their normal teaching duties and faculty commitments
  • one-time event programming


For any additional information, please contact Kim Moubray at dellinkl@jmu.edu. All proposals are due by January 31, 2022. The Associate Provost for Diversity’s Advisory Council will review and determine the final awardees.

Criteria for Evaluation
  • Alignment with selected priority,
  • Potential impact on institution, faculty, and students
  • Feasibility and sustainability
  • Plan for dissemination
  • Assessment plan
  • Organization and coherence
  • Potential for scalability or expansion
  • Justification of Expenses 
Previous Recipients

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