[Air-l] New Grant: Constructive Dialogue About Sensitive Issues on College Campuses (fwd)

Radhika Gajjala radhika at cyberdiva.org
Mon Apr 18 05:36:03 PDT 2005

I think it may be for US based institutions as well - some of us are 
looking at it here on our campus...


>this (below) looks quite exciting.  (unfortunately, i believe, but 
>am not certain, this is for colleges and universities in the US.) 
>here in the states, we need constructive and engaged dialogue on 
>campuses more than ever.
>here's an idea: wouldn't it be great if the colleges and 
>universities that receive grants try to coordinate events between 
>for more information, visit 
>New Ford Foundation Grants Initiative Program Seeks to Foster Constructive
>Dialogue About Sensitive Issues on College Campuses:  National grants
>initiative "Difficult Dialogues" calls for proposals
>Difficult Dialogues is a new, national competitive grants initiative in
>undergraduate education. The initiative will support the development of
>rigorous academic programs that engage students in constructive 
>dialogue around
>difficult political, religious, racial and cultural issues. The goal 
>is to help
>institutions create a campus environment where sensitive subjects can be
>discussed in a spirit of open scholarly inquiry and intellectual 
>rigor and with
>respect for different viewpoints.
>The initiative is part of a broader, $6.7 million effort by the Foundation to
>understand and combat anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of bigotry
>in the United States and Europe . Difficult Dialogues builds on the
>Foundation's history of supporting efforts by colleges and universities to
>foster more inclusive campus environments and to engage effectively with the
>growing racial and ethnic diversity of their student bodies.
>The Foundation expects to award approximately 25 grants of up to $100,000. We
>anticipate supporting projects with an emphasis on teaching and learning.
>Colleges and universities with general undergraduate programs are 
>encouraged to
>submit preliminary proposals by May 16, 2005 . Please see the Request for
>Proposals for a detailed description of potential areas of interest and
>specific guidelines for submitting proposals.
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