The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion supports the development of innovative courses that explore issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, are community-engaged, and that are rooted in culturally responsive pedagogy and equity-mindedness. Definitions for diversity, equity, equity-mindedness, and inclusion can be found on the AACU “Making Excellence Inclusive” website.

To that end, in 2019 the office started awarding summer grants of up to $1500 to several full-time faculty to develop new courses or significantly revise existing courses. The course must be taught at least once within the three semesters following the award.

Interested faculty are encouraged to discuss their ideas with Dr. William Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence, and to complete a new course proposal in the fall preceding the award.

Application Procedures

The office announces a call for proposals early in the spring semester with a submission deadline of March 31. Proposals are reviewed by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion for alignment with office and university goals for diverse and inclusive classroom spaces, innovative student-centered pedagogical practices, and potential impact on students. Applicants must submit the following materials: 

  • Letter of application that describes the proposed course
  • One-page draft syllabus
  • Email or letter from department chair stating that they support the proposed course or course revision

Applications must be submitted electronically to Jacki Black, associate director for Hispanic initiatives, at jacqueline.black@marquette.edu. Winners are announced by May 1. Prior winners from the past two award cycles are ineligible to reapply.

Prior Grant Recipients

Spring 2019

Dr. Jesse Cheng, Criminology & Law Studies/Social Welfare and Justice: "Empathy, Crime, and Justice" (revision)

Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, Psychology: "Field Experience in Psychology" (revision)

Dr. Kimberly Harris, Philosophy: "Philosophy of Race" (new course)

Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz, Philosophy: "Carribbean Philosophy" (new course)

Dr. Desiree Valentine, Philosophy: "Biomedical Ethics" (revision)