Provost Office Announces 20 Recipients of Transform This Challenge Grants Focused on Social Equity | E-News


To continue supporting grassroots transformation efforts, the Marshal’s Office granted a second Turn that! Challenge Grants to 20 projects for the coming year.

Initially launched in the spring of 2020 – before the COVID-19 pandemic – the Marshal’s Office challenged the UMV community to engage in strategic transformation activities supporting one of the goals identified by an interdisciplinary team that has developed a collective vision for the future of the University.

The 2021 Grant Challenge focuses on Goal 4: Be a model of social equity. Over 40 project proposals have been submitted and 20 have been selected for funding.

Faculty and staff from all WBU campuses were encouraged to think about creative ways to create avenues for:

  • Recruit and retain various students, staff and faculty members at UMF;

  • Improve the campus climate through intentional initiatives that all promote and support under-represented groups;

  • Integrate social equity into the experience and education of students; and or

  • Create opportunities for members of the academic community to engage with a global perspective.

The selected projects cover a range of activities, from experiential learning opportunities, art exhibitions and recruitment projects to community conversations, educational discussion groups and racial justice book clubs.

“Once again, I am inspired by the creativity, innovation and commitment our faculty and staff have shown to improve social equity on our campuses and in our communities,” said the vice president and Vice President of Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed. “These upcoming projects have the potential to open new doors for continued conversation and improvement.”

Fellows can start working on their projects this summer and all must be completed by the end of the spring 2022 semester.

Find all the descriptions of new and previous projects on the Marshal’s Office Turn It On! website.


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