USE D&I Grant

Dear Colleagues,

As part of Syracuse University’s effort to deepen understandings and forge relationships across racial, ethnic, religious, and other lines, the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs is releasing a new intramural grant program, named Unsurpassed Student Experience Diversity and Inclusion Grant (USE D&I Grant). These USE D&I Grants aim to help Syracuse University continue to enhance and sustain an inclusive, accessible campus of opportunity for a richly diverse student body, including international students, students with disabilities, underrepresented students, and veterans.

USE D&I Grant funding will support planning, implementing and evaluating high-impact practices (as determined through research and/or assessment) to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus. These funded high-impact practices also should have the potential of being scaled up to involve more students. Furthermore, they should include real measurements to determine the impact the high-impact practice had on the students, faculty and staff involved.


Grant proposals are due April 6, 2018, at 5 p.m. The goal is to plan and develop these programs in spring and summer 2018 and pilot them in the academic year 2018-19. Evaluation of the USE D&I high-impact practice, including assessment of student learning, must be completed by May 15, 2019. Typical USE D&I Grant project budgets will not exceed $5,000. The aim is to fund $20,000 worth of USE D&I proposals.

Engaging Students

Each proposal must explain the target student audience that will be involved and why this group would be best served through the proposed high-impact practice. While the target audience for these practices should be undergraduate students, experiences that reach graduate students may also be considered. However, programs that support the training and professional development of faculty and staff who are tasked with teaching students and providing/supporting a positive student experience will be considered as well, so long as student impact can be measured.

These USE D&I high-impact projects should have specific, measurable learning outcomes focused on diversity and inclusion, but may also include other general learning outcomes beyond any particular discipline. These might include creative reasoning, scientific reasoning, critical reasoning, ethics and integrity, quantitative reasoning, information and technology skills, collaborative learning, civic and global engagement, or communication skills.

Application and Questions

The details on how to apply are available on the request for proposals page. Questions can be directed to Rochelle Ford, professor, chair of Newhouse Public Relations Department and provost faculty fellow, at or 315.443.9347.

Best wishes,

Michele Wheatly

Vice Chancellor and Provost