Diversity Leadership Group Calls for Proposals for Project to Further Dialogue About Class

Posted February 24th, 2011 at 2:37 pm.

Update: The deadline for submissions has been extended until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.

Recently (in 2009), Bryn Mawr College presented the findings from a 2008 campus climate assessment, surveying students, faculty, and staff about their experiences and perceptions related to issues of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class. Among the findings, higher percentages in all three groups reported that socioeconomic class was a notable factor in shaping their Bryn Mawr experiences.

The President’s Diversity Leadership Group (DLG) and the Diversity Council have been charged with developing a strategy to further the dialogue and to begin addressing the concerns expressed around this topic. Believing that there is an abundance of creativity, knowledge, and interest among members of the Bryn Mawr College community, one aspect of this broader strategy is to empower community members to develop and implement activities that will move us forward together in a constructive effort to better and more deeply understand issues on campus and beyond surrounding socioeconomic class.

This spring, the DLG, with the support of the President’s Office, will award three grants of up to $2000 each to collaborative groups of current students, staff, faculty, or Bryn Mawr alumni to design, implement, and evaluate a project toward this end. Proposals must be submitted by April 17, 2011.  Winning proposal(s) will be implemented during the academic year 2011-2012.

Individuals or groups may submit a proposal for any genre of presentation— performance, art exhibit, lecture, panel discussion, campus-wide awareness campaign, interactive activity, original video, dining experience, etc. — the format is only limited by the creativity and imaginations of the proposers.

The Award Committee will be looking for project proposals that:

  • Are collaborative in nature and inclusive by design. For example, a strong proposal might include two or more student organizations that haven’t otherwise worked together, staff representation from an administrative office or two, and/or faculty representation.
  • Present the topic in an original and creative manner, and that have the best chance of sparking thoughtful, constructive, and meaningful dialogue among a diverse range of community members.
  • Evidences an understanding of the complexity of issues surrounding  socioeconomic class in this country and/or beyond, including intersections with race, ethnicity, geography, education levels, gender, ability status, etc.

Proposals should be no more than three pages, and must be submitted to divcouncil@brynmawr.edu by 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2011. Proposals should include:

  • A list of collaborators, with contact information;
  • Detailed explanation of the project and how it will initiate dialogue and raise awareness among members of the Bryn Mawr College community;
  • Number of community members who will be impacted directly;
  • Timeline for development and implementation;
  • A detailed budget;
  • Any limitations or potential challenges anticipated in implementing the project.

A series of informational meetings will be scheduled prior to the deadline. Look for the dates and times on the Diversity Council website:


Applicants may be contacted for additional explanation, clarification, or information. The Awards Committee will notify applicants of their decisions the week of April 24, 2011.  Winning proposal(s) will be announced at the 2011 May Day celebration.

*This award is sponsored by the President’s Diversity Leadership Group and the Diversity Council. For additional information, contact divcouncil@brynmawr.edu.

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