Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant
One of Rackham Graduate School’s core missions is to support faculty-led activities to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in graduate programs and departments. The Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant provides Faculty Allies with funds to develop and build diversity initiatives within their departments in collaboration with students and colleagues. We encourage Faculty Allies and their programs to approach this grant as an opportunity to experiment with new and innovative activities, events, and projects that promote diversity and address the needs of their increasingly diverse graduate student cohorts.
The Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant emphasizes efforts to enhance diversity, promote equity, and foster inclusion (DEI) for current graduate students. Activities eligible for support include, but are not limited to, efforts to improve climate; aid retention and completion; enhance academic and professional development; boost career outcomes and success for UM graduate students; and encourage student-alumni engagement.
How It Works
Any graduate program at the University of Michigan may apply for one Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant per year for up to $12,000 (Rackham Graduate School reserves the right to fund proposals at a lesser amount). Grants cannot be used to pay faculty or staff salaries and benefits, or U-M tuition or fees.
At least one Principal Investigator (or primary proposal author) must be a faculty member who has been designated as a Faculty Ally for Diversity.
If a grant is approved, Rackham Graduate School will pay the award at the conclusion of the project/activities. In order to receive funds, programs must submit a report on the grant activities that details how the grant made a difference for students and includes an accounting of expenditures. Rackham Graduate School will disburse funds on actual money spent to the project/grant designated by the grantee. Funds must be claimed for activities taking place within the proposed grant time frame (i.e., May 2020-July 2021).
The Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant is intended as seed money for Faculty Allies and their programs seeking to develop creative activities and projects to support and enhance the experience, learning, and outcomes of their diverse community of graduate students. The goal is to allow programs to experiment with initiatives or respond to needs arising from increased student diversity. But once the benefits of those activities or projects have been established with the help of Rackham funds, the expectation is that programs will find ways to make them permanent and sustainable.
The Faculty Allies Diversity Grant is thus structured on a 4-year cost-sharing model. Rackham programs can apply for support of the same project or activities for a total of four years. Programs must submit a formal application each year for which they are requesting funding. The subsequent three years of funding have a high likelihood of being approved as long as programs are actually using the grant monies and explain the benefits of the funded activities. In Years Three and Four, Rackham requires programs to commit to cost-sharing (2:1, Rackham: Unit). The 4-year cycle will look like this:
- Year 1: Up to $12K, no cost sharing
- Year 2: Up to $12K, no cost sharing
- Year 3: Up to $8K Rackham, $4K program
- Year 4: Up to $8K Rackham, $4K program
In order to encourage ambitious initiatives around DEI work, Rackham is able this year to offer a small number of initial grants of up to $20,000 to support highly creative approaches to promoting the success of students from all backgrounds. These could include collaborating with adjacent departments to develop collective workshops or activities; organizing a major conference that engages students, faculty, and alumni; offering a writing boot camp for faculty and students. Here, the funding model would be: Year 1, $20K; Year 2, $12K; Year 3, $8K/Rackham + $4K/program; Year 4, $8K/Rackham + $4K/program.
Proposal Evaluation Criteria
- The fit between the graduate program’s DEI needs and the proposed innovation or initiatives
- The likelihood that the proposed innovations will make a significant, lasting difference to students in the graduate program
- Demonstrated commitment of the faculty, program, and department leadership to the proposal, including willingness to share costs and to create structures to support the proposed initiatives beyond the period of the grant
- Number of students impacted
- The fit between the proposed innovation and the unit’s academic and research directions
Student Ally for Diversity Grant
The Student Ally for Diversity Grant offers funds to pay a graduate student or students to work closely with a program’s Faculty Ally on the new initiatives or projects proposed in the Faculty Allies Diversity Grant, preferably in the Spring/Summer term, but also during the academic year. Together, the Faculty Ally and Student Ally will implement their Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant proposal, planning and preparing a set of activities to enhance their program’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Programs applying for a Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grants for 2020-2021 have the option of also applying for the Student Ally for Diversity Grant. The student grant offers up to $5,000 to support graduate students who will partner with the program’s Faculty Ally on implementing the Faculty Allies Diversity Grant over the spring or summer (2020) or during AY2020-21. If programs would like to be considered for this additional, optional award, Faculty Allies should submit a Student Ally for Diversity Grant proposal as part of their Faculty Allies Diversity Grant submission.
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support one student during the 2020 spring and/or summer term at 25% or two students during the spring and/or summer term at 12.5%. Programs must submit a report of the Student Ally’s contributions at the end of the student’s work period.
Proposal Evaluation Criteria
- The fit between the graduate program’s DEI needs and the proposed activities to be carried out by the student
- The likelihood that the student can meet select goals, as outlined in the Faculty Allies Diversity Grant application, in the prescribed hours-per-week time limit
- The Student Ally should have a commitment to diversity issues and agree to serve as part of the program’s Faculty Allies for Diversity in Graduate Education
Proposals are due on February 17, 2020 by 11:59 am, and must be submitted through the online application. The following required documents must be uploaded as a part of the application:
Narrative (No more than five pages)
- Current status of DEI climate within your graduate program, including strengths and weaknesses
- Proposed activities, including detailed descriptions
- Challenges around DEI in your program, with attention to how proposed activities will fill gaps and support graduate students
- Evidence of commitment by faculty and program, including provisions for administrative support
Budget (One page)
- Breakdown of activities and costs
- Commitments of financial support from other sources (cost-sharing), if applicable
- Total budget amount and how much is being requested from Rackham (maximum $12,000)
Letter of support (One page)
- From the department chair, director, or dean with responsibility for the graduate program
SADG Proposal (One page, if submitting)
- Explanation of how student will contribute to proposed RFADG activities, including specific work, weekly time commitment, and estimated timeframe for project. The Faculty Ally may identify one or two graduate students to support the DEI work funded by the RFADG, either in the Spring/Summer term or during AY2020-21.
- Letter of support signed by the student’s advisor and/or graduate program director should be provided.
Awardees will be notified April 2020.
2019–20 Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant Awardees
Asterisks indicate a recipient of an additional Student Ally for Diversity Grant.
- Benjamin Allen*, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Medical School
- Heather Carlson, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy
- Patricia Coleman-Burns*, School of Nursing
- Gabriela Cruz*, Department of Musicology and Music Theory, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance
- Kristin Dickinson*, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Pingsha Dong, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, College of Engineering
- Robert Keith Duncan*, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Medical School
- Daniel Eisenberg*, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
- Sarah Forsdyke*, Department of Classical Studies, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, and Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Lorraine Gutierrez*, School of Social Work
- Vesa Kaartinen, Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, School of Dentistry
- Anuj Kumar*, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Petra Kuppers*, Department of English Language and Literature, English and Education, English and Women’s Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Cagliyan Kurdak, Applied Physics Program, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Donald Siegel, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
- Geeta Mehta*, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
- Shahzad Mian, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Medical School
- Marie O’Neill*, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
- Akira Ono, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School
- Damani Partridge*, Department of Anthropology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Shachar Pinsker, Department of Middle East Studies, College of Literature Science, and the Arts
- Malini Raghavan*, Graduate Program in Immunology, Medical School
- Thomas Robins*, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
- Teresa Satterfield*, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Amy Schulz*, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
- Laura Scott*, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
- Denise Sekaquaptewa*, Department of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Keren Sharon, Department of Astronomy, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Allison Steiner, Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering
- Amy Stillman, Department of American Culture, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Stilian Stoev, Department of Statistics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Nils Walter, Department of Chemistry, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Westley Weimer, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering
- Kiyanna Williams, Department of Dermatology, Medical School
- Carolyn Yoon*, Department of Marketing, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
- Jason Young*, Department of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts