Inclusive Excellence Grants and Awards

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). 

Information about other internal grant opportunities can be found here.

Grants and Awards Offered:

  • 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: 

    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.

    Call for proposals will be released in August.

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University Intercultural Council


Joe Bernardo
Intercultural Affairs Associate/Adjunct Faculty
Marne Cambell
Professor/Dept Chair, African American Studies
Alice Martini Doyle
Assistant Director, Office for Research and Sponsored Projects
Steve Nygaard
Director, Housing
Carol Raby
Events Manager, Hannon Library
Cynthia Ruiz
Assistant Director, Office for Research and Sponsored Projects
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