James Madison University promotes access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff constituents, and programs, believing that these are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The Council mission is to improve the diversity of JMU’s faculty and curriculum. Our definition of diversity is based on age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. View JMU Policy 1302 here. This initiative supports JMU’s Core Quality of Access, Inclusion and Diversity, Goal 3F:

Goal 3F: The university will infuse a value and culture of diversity into the primary teaching, research and service approaches of academic units.

Therefore the Provost is pleased to announce competition for at least six diversity curriculum development grants for up to $3,000 each. The Council seeks proposals that contribute to enriching educational and research experiences that will support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.  Through these grants we encourage faculty to talk about how curriculum can better showcase and support faculty interest in diversity, through revisions of existing courses, creation of new courses and research on diversity issues that pertain to curricular innovation.   

Applicants can apply for funding that addresses the Council mission through any of the following priorities:   

  1. Propose revising and teaching an existing course to enhance diversity or inclusivity learning outcomes.
  2. Propose developing a new course that incorporates diversity or inclusivity learning outcomes.    
  3. Propose research that will explore aspects of diversity in the curriculum.   
  4. Propose research on issues relating to sustainable academic affairs practices that foster access, retention, diversity and inclusion at JMU and may lead to external grants.   

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Alignment with selected priority
  • Potential impact on students
  • Feasibility and sustainability
  • Plan for dissemination
  • Assessment plan
  • Organization and coherence

How to Apply

Directions for submission are available here. Proposals are due by Wednesday, January 15, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.


2016 - Curtis and Galligan, Grant Summary
2016 - McKay
2016 - PeeksMease
2016 - DeFazio
2016 - Zack Dorsey
2017 - Allison Fagan, Grant Summary
2017 - Breneman, Dobransky, Ghiaciuc, Pate, Schoolcraft and Trybus
2017 - Flota and Godfrey
2017 - Gayne
2017 - Desportes
2018 - Kavanagh
2018 - Baller
2018 - Streeter
2018 - Westkaemper
2019 - Price, Grant Summary
2019 - Robinson

Previous Recipients



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