2022-2023 Mini-Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2022-2023 DEI Mini-Grants!

  • Critical Disability Visibility: Interdisciplinary Praxis Toward Disability Justice – Sarah Hentges, Professor of Transdisciplinary Cultural Studies
  • Stigma is No Joke – Heidi Toner, student, Joy Steward; Coordinator of Student Life: Wellness & Co-Curricular Enrichment, project budget manager
  • Fostering Inclusion for Justice Impacted Students in the Bangor Area – Kevin Crowley, AA Liberal Studies student; Katherine Darling, Assistant Professor of Sociology, project budget manager
  • The Experience of Student Workers at the University of Maine at Augusta – James Cook, Associate Professor of Social Science (primary investigator); co-recipients:  Elizabeth Powers, Richard Lumb, and B.J. Kitchin

Who can apply?

This mini-grant application process is open to all members of the UMA community, including full and part-time faculty, staff, and students. We encourage both individual submissions and proposals that include collaboration across UMA and with community organizations.

How much can I apply for?

Award amounts will vary but will be typically no more than $1500 per project. Funds must be spent on the approved project by May 31st.

What kinds of projects will be funded?

We encourage proposals that seek to improve UMA’s engagement with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues. By UMA, we mean on the Augusta or Bangor campus, at any UMA Center, and/or for online or distance students regardless of location. Projects must conclude by May 31st.

Priority will be given to projects supporting Strategy 5:  Foster Inclusion in UMA’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.

Options might include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating a stipend for a student worker/intern for DEI related work.
  • Funding a guest speaker or speaker series.
  • Working with a community organization to sponsor workshops or training.
  • Underwriting a project to assist UMA student equity and inclusion.
  • Funding the purchase of books, videos, or other physical materials.

How will my application be evaluated?

Each application will be evaluated by a grant reader committee, to include at least one student evaluator. The applications will be rated on a 1-5 scale in the following categories:

  1. Potential impact on DEI climate at UMA.
  2. Strength of project plan/details.
  3. “WOW” factor: grant stands out for other reasons.

When is the application due?

2023 – 2024 Applications will open September, 2023

For questions and more information contact: Susan Baker at sbak@maine.edu or (207) 621-3285.

By application of mini-grant awards, the applicant agrees to serve as Project Manager for the funds, to oversee and be responsible for all budgetary matters, and report back to the DEI Council at the conclusion of the project.

Updated 1/19/2023