The Office for Institutional Diversity
The Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) Mission Grant is an internal funding opportunity to promote, uplift and advance our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism (DEIA) mission here at Reed. This is an opportunity for the Office for Institutional Diversity to empower innovative projects and programs that will foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive and antiracist environment that prepares students to thrive in a global society and create a more just and equitable world.
These grants serve as one opportunity for OID to support projects and programming that moves the Reed community towards a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and antiracist campus. Proposals are eligible for funding approval from $500 to $2,000.
Reed staff and faculty are encouraged to submit proposals that addresses one or more of the following focus areas:
- Promoting Equity
- Embracing Diversity
- Advancing AntiRacism
- Cultivating Inclusion
- Empowering Transformation
Promoting EquityEncourage and support research and scholarships with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, fostering a culture of intellectual inquiry that contributes to social change and transformation. Develop opportunities for our campus community to address systemic barriers, eliminate disparities, and actively work towards creating a level playing field for all community members at Reed College. Ensure that every student, faculty member, and staff member has equal access to opportunities, resources, and support.
Embracing DiversityEnhance campus spaces to cultivate accessibility, inclusivity, and safety for every community member, ensuring that every person is valued and represented. Create opportunities for our community to celebrate the rich tapestry of backgrounds, cultures, identities, and perspectives that make up our campus community. Acknowledge diversity as a catalyst for innovation, critical thinking, and creativity. Encourages collaboration, empathy, and mutual respect among all members of our community.
Advancing AntiRacismCreate opportunities for open dialogue, workshops, seminars, and cultural events that encourage cross-cultural understanding, respect, and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and community members. These are opportunities for our community to engage in education, self-reflection, and action to challenge and change discriminatory structures and practices. With a commitment to dismantling systemic racism and creating an antiracist higher education system, these opportunities should actively work to create an environment that rejects all forms of racism and fosters an atmosphere of equity, justice, and accountability.
Cultivating InclusionCreate inclusive curriculum or pedagogical strategies that promotes diverse perspectives, encourages critical thinking, and sparks meaningful conversations amongst community members. Foster opportunities for open dialogue, collaboration, and the creation of spaces where all can thrive and flourish. These opportunities are committed to cultivating an environment where every person is welcomed, heard, and valued.
Empowering TransformationEstablish programs that are conducive to all students, staff and faculty’s academic and professional growth. This includes facilitating training and providing resources for individuals and departments to actively participate in diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism initiatives. Harnessing collaborative partnerships, research, and innovative practices to inspire lasting change at both the individual and systemic levels.
Staff and Faculty can submit a one-page proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Projects supported by this fund should be:
- Directly related to the mission of the Reed office or department and will enhance the office or department's diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism goals.
- Focused on improving campus climate; improving student success, belonging, and engagement, particularly for students from historically underrepresented groups at Reed; and/or enhancing Reed's engagement with the broader Portland-area community.
Your one page proposal should include:
- A description of the program or project
- How your project supports the mission of OID.
- The anticipated product or outcome of the project, including how you plan to discuss or measure the impact that your proposal makes in supporting OID's Missions.
- A budget for the project including any campus resources or partnerships from another office or department.
All proposals are compiled and reviewed the Office for Institutional Diversity team on the last Wednesday of the month. You can expect to hear from our team within a week of that date.