Fund for Racial Justice Teaching and Programming

 

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, and Ahmaud Arbery provide graphic examples of a long history of injustice that demand a sustained response using the resources available to us.  Consistent with its core mission and in solidarity with Rice for Black Life and the various other forms of resistance across the globe, the CERCL is accepting proposals for grants up to $3,000 to assist with Rice’s continuing effort to counter anti-black racism and push for a more just society as central elements of its teaching, research, and leadership strategies.

Application Deadline

Open

Fund Goals

The fund is meant to:

  • provide grants to faculty (both tenure track and non-tenure track) who are developing new courses, revising existing courses or creating new initiatives in order to explicitly address issues related to anti-black racism (e.g., policing of black communities, racial disparities in public health, etc.) and racial justice;

  • provide grants to student organizations wanting to undertake programming related to anti-black racism and racial justice.

Who May Apply

Rice University tenured and non-tenured faculty, Rice student organizations.

Submission Information
  • Proposal deadline is open, applications are accepted all year

  • Proposals are to be emailed in one electronic document (Microsoft Word or PDF) to cercl@rice.edu

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Application Checklist for Faculty

  • Cover Sheet

  • C.V.

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy or Mission of New Initiative

  • Syllabus (if new or existing course)

  • Course/Initiative Description – (3 double-spaced pages or fewer) – indicating new course, revised existing course or new initiative, how the course fits into a major, college and/or university requirements/electives; prerequisite student knowledge; the target student population; desired size of the class or desired reach of the initiative.

  • Relation to CERCL & Fund Mission - Clear statement of purpose, scope, and strengths of the course/initiative and its relation to the fund mission; How the course/initiative will address anti-black racism and racial justice.

  • Budget - Applicants should keep in mind that the maximum grant award is $3,000.

  • Budget Justification - Successful proposals include thoughtful analysis. A well written budget justification demonstrates the planning that should accompany a project. Please provide justification for each budget item.

 

Application Checklist for Student Organizations

  • Cover Sheet

  • Program Description – (no more than 500 words) – Symposium, lecture, or speaker series title, names and contact information of confirmed or potential participants/collaborators, details on length of event, expected attendance, space requirements or online platform, etc.

  • Relation to CERCL & Fund Mission - Clear statement of purpose, scope, and strengths of the project and its relation to the fund initiatives; How the project will address anti-black racism and racial justice.

  • Budget - Applicants should keep in mind that the maximum grant award is $3,000.

  • Budget Justification - Please provide justification for each budget item.

  • Please list any additional support CERCL can provide with planning, logistics, etc.

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