Office of Diversity and Inclusion

(ODI) Mini-Grant Program

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to creating and improving efforts to make our campus a diverse and inclusive community.  To support these efforts, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is soliciting proposals for the implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs that further the mission and the Strategic Plan of the University. 

The goals of the ODI Mini-Grant Program are:

  1. To encourage faculty, staff, and students to be actively involved in developing or implementing initiatives and programs that support the University's goals for building a diverse and inclusive campus community;
  2. To fund research initiatives and programs that seek innovative approaches to diversity and inclusion; and
  3. To promote the development of initiatives and programs that foster an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes the success of all who work and study at the University of Pittsburgh.

Through this program, we hope to generate ideas, foster initiatives, and stimulate educational efforts that are tailored to the needs of the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information, contact our office at 412-648-7860 or email us at diversity@pitt.edu.

 

Target Areas

Proposals for initiatives and programs in one or more of the following target areas are encouraged:

  • Enrich the diversity experiences of the University community;
  • Create a welcoming and inclusive work and learning environment where differences are respected and valued, that offers opportunity for and supports success of all faculty, staff, and students;
  • Improve recruitment, retention and graduation of students from historically underrepresented groups;
  • Increase recruitment, retention and success of faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups; and
  • Enhance the quality of teaching and learning about diversity.

Award Committee

An ODI award committee will be charged with reviewing and making recommendations to the Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion for approval.  The final results will be announced to all participants promptly after the deadline.

Grant Amount

ODI Mini-Grants serves as a seed grant to enhance or build an initiative or program that further the mission and the Strategic Plan of the University.  Proposals may request a maximum of $2,000.  

Proposal Requirements

  • All University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit proposals.  Proposals may specify partnerships with other University units or groups from the community willing to invest in the diversity initiative or program.  Letter(s) of Support are welcome but not required.
  • Proposals must be submitted electronically through the online ODI Mini-Grant Application. 
  • Proposals must be submitted in their completed form (that is, with full information concerning all aspects of the initiative and/or program).
  • Click here to preview the questions that are required for the complete ODI Mini-Grant Application.
  • ODI Mini-Grant Applications should be submitted no later than March1, 2018 for this semester.
  • The final results will be announced to all participants promptly after the deadline.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. The proposed initiative’s expected effectiveness in addressing one or more of the 5 target areas.
  2. The extent to which the proposed strategy shows that the proposer’s unit (college, department, unit) takes substantial ownership for and commitment to the initiative and/or program.
  3. The extent to which the diversity initiative is designed to build initiatives and/or program, showing development toward a sustained and continuing effort. 
  4. The extent to which the proposed initiative and/or program promotes partnerships among faculty, staff, and students to address the targeted area. 
  5. The ODI Mini-Grant serves as a seed grant to enhance or build an initiative.

Award Administration

Awardees are required to complete a final report, submitted to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion within three (3) months after the award has been disbursed - Limit to 1000 words

The final report should include the following information: 

  1. Program objectives and impacts: How was the identified need addressed and how effective was the project? 
  2. Project evaluation: Describe how the project effectiveness was evaluated. 
  3. Sustainability: Will the program continue? Describe plans to continue, extend, or modify this program for the future. 
  4. List any publications about this project to the broader community through presentations, articles, press releases or other media coverage and any products created through this project, such as websites, course materials or modules or other items. 

Submit an ODI-Mini Grant Application Here

Note: Proposals must be submitted in their completed form (that is, with full information concerning all aspects of the initiative and/or program).  To submit a proposal, go to the online application click here