Inclusive Excellence Grants

Application open until March 6, 2020

LMU's University Intercultural Council (UIC) aims to identify and fund higher education research and inclusive excellence 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.

The Office of the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs 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). 

Grants Offered:

  • Transformation Grants are available to continuing tenured and tenure-track faculty who want to integrate substantive scholarship on issues of diversity and inclusive pedagogy into upper division courses in the major. The course must be required for all majors in the discipline or program. Preference will be given to faculty who teach existing upper division courses, and those whose proposals demonstrate the greatest potential for impact on the lives of all students at Loyola Marymount University.

    Faculty in all colleges and schools are encouraged to apply. You may transform an upper division course in the major to: 

    1. Expose students to biases, stereotypes, inaccuracies, and marginalization in traditional curricular content and pedagogy
    2. Increase students’ knowledge of the social dynamics of identity formation and change
    3. Introduce students to structures of power and privilege in American society
    4. Help students understand patterns of communication and interaction within and among different cultural groups
    5. Discuss theories of personal, institutional, and societal change
    6. Increase sensitivity to and awareness of different cultures, and celebrate and appreciate their perspectives, heritages, and contributions
    7. Promote scholarship and highlight opportunities for new areas of research and artistry

    Upper Division Course Transformation Grant CFP (2020-21)

  • The Inclusive Excellence Higher Education Research Grant is designed to support higher education research that produces new institutional-specific knowledge that helps LMU achieve its mission and support the university’s inclusive excellence goals.

    To view LMU’s Strategic Plan, visit: http://academics.lmu.edu/strategicplan/ 

    Members of the LMU campus community are welcome to apply through a proposal process. Proposals are sought from the following constituencies:

    1. Full-time Faculty and Staff
      (must be full-time tenured/tenure-track; staff must be full-time professional exempt or classified
      employees, and staff and faculty committees must be associated with the University)
    2. Institutional Departments and Units
    3. Staff and Faculty Committee

    Proposals may address any of the following higher education areas:

    • Academic Department Climate
    • Higher Education Administration
    • Administrative Unit Climate
    • Leadership
    • Campus Climate
    • Mentoring Faculty or Staff
    • Catholic Higher Education
    • Organizational Change
    • College Student Access, Success, and Outcomes
    • Organizational Development
    • Faculty or Staff Retention
    • Recruiting and Hiring Faculty or Staff for Mission
    • Governance
    • Teaching, Learning and Assessment

    Inclusive Excellence Higher Education Research Grant CFP (2020-21)

  • The Inclusive Excellence 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.

    To view LMU’s Strategic Plan, visit: http://academics.lmu.edu/strategicplan/ 

    Members of the LMU campus community are welcome to apply. Proposals are sought from the following constituencies:

    1. Full-time Faculty
    2. Full-time Staff
    3. Institutional Departments or Units
    4. Student Organizations
      (must maintain at least 2 of the executive board members that were involved in the grant application process
      during the academic year the grant is awarded)
    5. Full-time Graduate Students (with the approval from their faculty advisor)
    6. Staff and Faculty Committees

    Faculty must be full-time tenured/tenure-track; staff must be full-time professional exempt or classified employees; full-time undergraduate students must apply through a student organization that is registered through the LMU Student Leadership and Development Office; full-time graduate students must obtain approval from their faculty  advisor; and staff and faculty committees must be associated with the University.

    Inclusive Excellence Project Grant 2020-21 Cycle