Inclusive Excellence Grants and Awards

The DEI Office and University Intercultural Council (UIC) aims to identify and fund inclusive excellence capacity building, community healing practices and projects that help LMU achieve its mission by way of infusing diversity and interculturalism throughout the campus community. UIC Membership includes staff and faculty who represent various departments and units across campus.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and LMU's UIC invites campus constituencies to submit proposals for Inclusive Excellence Grants. Inclusive excellence re-envisions both quality and diversity. It reflects a striving for excellence in higher education that has been made more inclusive by decades of campus and national work to infuse diversity into recruiting, admissions, and hiring; into the curriculum and co-curriculum; and into administrative structures and practices. It also embraces newer forms of excellence, and expanded ways to measure excellence, that take into account research on learning and brain functioning, the assessment movement, and more nuanced accountability structures. In the same way, diversity efforts move beyond numbers of students or programs as end goals.  Instead, diversity and inclusion together, become a multilayered process through which we achieve excellence in learning, research and teaching; student development; institutional functioning; local and global community engagement; workforce development, and more (Clayton-Pederson, O’Neill & Musil, 2009). 

Information about other internal grant opportunities can be found here.

Questions about our grants and awards? Contact Kim Misa at ( 

Grants and Awards Offered:

  • The Project Grant is designed to: promote the development of new and sustainable recruitment, retention, and campus climate projects that help LMU achieve its mission and support the university’s inclusive excellence goals.

    Call for proposals

  • The Community Healing Practice Grant provides funding to develop, administer and facilitate community healing practices that promote safety and healing.

    The following categories are suggestions for the types of projects that may be funded. All projects must focus on healing and safety of those that are part of our LMU community.

    · Healing Circles

    · Culturally specific practices focused on particular populations

    · Healing through art

    · Project collaborations that bring members together to improve the health and well-being of the community

    Call for proposals

  • The Capacity Building Grant is designed to: increase capacity.

    The following categories are suggestions for the types of projects that may be funded.

    · Guest speaker

    · Training/Workshop series

    Call for proposals

  • In collaboration with the Offices of Undergraduate Education and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Arrupe Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award is reserved for a graduating senior who has shown a record of explicit work with DEI issues. The award is named in honor of Jesuit Superior General Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J., who worked tirelessly for the promotion of justice in the service of faith. The awardee is selected by the University Intercultural Council (UIC) who selects a student who demonstrates both robust academic achievement and outstanding DEI academic contributions.

University Intercultural Council

Joe Bernardo
Director, DEI Capacity Building & Adjunct Faculty

Marne Cambell
Professor/Dept Chair, African American Studies

Alice Martini Doyle
Assistant Director, Office for Research and Sponsored Projects

Kim Misa (Chair)
Director, DEI Research, Evaluation and Grants

Steve Nygaard
Director, Housing

Carol Raby
Events Manager, Hannon Library

Cynthia Ruiz
Director, Grants Administration, SOE

Ani Shabazian
Professor/Director, School of Education/Children's Center

Heather Tarleton
Professor/Associate Dean, Health and Human Sciences/CSE

Mia Watson
Director, Academic Resource Center

Ariane White
Director, TRHT Center Alliance