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Nominations Open for Diversity Transformation Awards 

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 3, 2016) – Do you have an idea for a project that will engage the campus community in meaningful dialogue to further the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion?

Film: Invitation to Dance

In 2015, one of the funded projects brought the story of disability rights activist Simi Linton to campus.  

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is now accepting applications for Diversity Transformation Fund projects for the 2016-2017 year. Funding is a one-time, state-funded allocation up to a maximum of $5,000 per proposal.

The awards are given to faculty and staff in support of University at Albany Collaboratively Creating Excellence, Scholarship and Success (UACCESS).

Projects eligible for funding should focus on initiatives that will address issues such micro aggressions, cultural competency, inclusion/exclusion and conscious/unconscious bias, in support of inclusive excellence.

For example, projects that received funding in 2015-16 ranged from a film screening about a disability rights activist to police training on identifying and guarding against implicit bias; and from social justice to a series of conversations on critical race theory.

Conferences and symposia, film and speaker series, and other comparable initiatives are eligible. New and innovative programs will be given strong consideration. Proposals should demonstrate tangible results, such as metrics of success, for short term and future impact, and include departmental or school-funding support.

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