Do you have an idea for fostering diversity, inclusion, equity, or belonging at the UG? You can receive funding for this project from the D&I Office! Find out more below. Applications are due by 28 January 2024.
The Diversity & Inclusion Office invites students at the University of Groningen to develop initiatives that foster belonging and inclusion. To encourage these initiatives, the D&I Office offers small grants for initiatives that advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the UG in an innovative way. Grassroots initiatives are initiatives that are initiated from the community itself.
Initiatives should identify and address a challenge around (any element of) diversity, inclusion, equity or belonging at the University. Grants are awarded to those who aim to have a direct impact on the (whole) University.
For example, the funds can be applied for the following:
Developing a podcast featuring the voices of first generation students
Establishing an online course to teach about LGBTQIA+ allyship in the classroom
Drawing on the experience of the UG’s disability community to produce disability etiquette training videos
Organizing an activity with an invited speaker
Organizing a support group for students with chronic health issues
Organizing a panel discussion to bridge the connection between international and Dutch students
Or, preferably, something innovative you come up with. Feel free to use your creativity!
Grant amount: Up to €250
Applicants (individuals or groups) must be current undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Groningen in the 2023-2024 academic year.
Grant recipients will be expected to:
Implement their initiative in the Spring semester of the 2023-2024 academic year
Have their initiative showcased on the University website, and provide text and/or images regarding the project
Include affected communities in the project design and implementation when relevant
Remain in contact with the D&I Office during the project
Submit a short report (one page) on the outcomes of the initiative
Provide receipts and invoices for money spent
Deadline: Sunday 28 January at 23:59.
In order to apply, please submit to diversity rug.nl:
A completed proposal using this template
A short video (maximum of 5 minutes) presenting your proposal
While not required, it would be preferable to submit a letter of endorsement from the D&I Officer or a staff member at your Faculty.
Before submitting your proposal, please answer the following Self-Check Questions for yourself:
Is the project feasible within the given timeframe?
Does it fit within the mission/vision of the University?
Are there free alternatives available within the University system? (e.g. for borrowing needed equipment)
For more information, please contact diversity rug.nl.
In the review process, we will prioritize applications that:
Focus on (elements of) belonging, equity and inclusion (with specific attention to addressing something that is currently causing exclusion)
Demonstrate significant impact at the University of Groningen (if possible, as a whole - as opposed to only within one Faculty or association)
Develop a product that can be utilized in multiple contexts
Contribute to an increased sense of inclusion
Represent a new or different approach to fostering inclusion
Present a clear plan for the implementation of the initiative
Align the initiative with the University/D&I Office vision
Include affected communities in the project design and implementation (where relevant)
The selection process will take place in February 2024. A review committee will review proposals and identify finalists. There may be a round of presentations to a judging panel and Q&A.
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