Diversity and Community Engagement

The University of Mississippi

Diversity Awards and Incentives

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement supports the following awards and incentives in recognition of the significant professional efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Mississippi. For more information, please contact JuWan Robinson, Project Manager for Diversity Education & Strategic Initiatives, at jrobins5@olemiss.edu or 662-915-2933.


New Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Grant

The New Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Grant provides seed funding to support research or creative activity that explores diversity, equity, and inclusion within their discipline. This is a $10,000 fund to support the success and productivity of tenure-track scholars whose research interests center on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please visit this link to be added to the email list to remain informed about this and other diversity, equity, and inclusion research opportunities. 


Achieving Equity Grant

The Provost’s Office, collaboration with the Office of Research and Sponsored programs and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, has allocated $50,000 for this research grant competition in order facilitate scholarly projects focusing on one or more issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In order to maximize impact of this important work, consideration should be given to how this internally-funded seed project can lead to larger externally-funded initiatives. The most competitive proposals will position the project in the context of challenges common to the University of Mississippi, the state of Mississippi, and beyond. Ideally, the knowledge gained from these projects will explore and broaden our understanding on issues of equity/inequity in institutions, academia, and/or broader society within and across academic disciplines. Letter of Intent is due on December 15, 2020 and full proposals are due February 16, 2021.

For more information about the Achieving Equity Grant, please follow this link. To view the recording of the Achieving Equity Grant information session, please follow this link.


Diversity Incentive Fund

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement encourages students, faculty, and staff to create new opportunities that increase the understanding of, appreciation for, and advocacy of diversity issues. The Diversity Incentive Fund is a program specifically designed to provide support for new, innovative, and creative approaches to raise awareness, engage learners, and change behaviors around diversity and inclusion within the university community. Examples of programs that may be supported include lectures, symposia, workshops, conferences, performances, and other innovative approaches for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Mississippi. 

For more information about the Diversity Incentive Fund, please follow this link. The application for the Diversity Incentive Fund can be found at this link. 


Diversity Innovator Award

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement invites applicants for the Diversity Innovator Award. This award recognizes faculty and staff who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Mississippi and beyond. Diversity Innovator Award winners will receive an award package including $1,000 in professional development/research funding, an engraved plaque, and campus-wide recognition for their efforts. 

For more information about the Diversity Innovator Award, please follow this link. The application for the Diversity Innovator Award can be found at this link


External Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant Opportunities

In partnership with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement curates a list of external grant opportunities to support research related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please visit this link to be added to the email list for these and other diversity, equity, and inclusion research opportunities. 

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