Pilot Program for Graduate/Professional Students
2022 Request for Mini Grant Proposals - Closed
- Proposals due: November 7, 2022
- Grants announced: November 30, 2022
- Transfer of funds: December 2022 (identified account required for funds transfer)
- Final Report Due: December 1, 2023
Priority will be given to proposals that align with institution-wide BaC objectives of fostering a sense of belonging, promoting fair treatment, and supporting an increased willingness to recommend Cornell as a great place to be. Exciting and innovative proposals to support programs or activities that promise to be successful and drive sustained impact to the Cornell community are encouraged.
- Feature a program/activity that advances diversity, access, equity, and belonging, with particular attention to enhancing the experiences of graduate/professional students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in academia.
- Be hosted by a unit, office or department, or a graduate student organization with support from the organizational advisor (staff member or faculty advisor).
- Offer an approach that highlights Cornell’s distinctive strengths and/or addresses gaps through new programs and initiatives, or the improvement of existing programs and initiatives.
- Be inclusive of, or directly addressing, concerns of one or more communities historically underrepresented on one or more of Cornell’s campuses.
- Be able to demonstrate tangible progress within a one-year timeframe.
- If the program is ongoing or continuing, the proposal must outline a plan for sustainability including funding streams.
The PADE will allot up to ten (10) mini grants up to the amount of $1,000 for the Fall 2022 semester. All graduate and professional students are eligible to apply. Supported programs/activities must conclude in advance of the final report due date, December 1, 2023.
- Applications may be from individuals or groups.
- Programs/activities that are not currently supported will receive priority. However, if requesting funds for programs/activities that have previously received support, the nature of the other support should be described, as well as the rationale for the request for additional support through this call.
- Proposals will be chosen for a maximum award of $1,000 each. No student or organization may receive the award for more than two consecutive years.
- To maximize use of these resources, funding cannot be used to hire additional staff and cannot not be used to pay Cornell employees or students.
- Funding is not intended to support academic research or to fulfill academic course requirements.
- Proposals should identify and fill gaps in current offerings.
- Awardees must submit a final report to the Presidential Advisors on Diversity and Equity by December 1, 2023.
Graduate/Professional students interested in submitting a proposal should prepare a document no more than three pages in length that includes:
- A description of the overall project
- The goals of the project, including short-term and long-term impacts highlighting how it will influence the Belonging at Cornell objectives
- Program execution and evaluation strategy
- Budget and budget justification. If requesting funds for programs/activities that have previously received support, the nature of the other support should be described here, as well as the rationale for the request for additional support through this call.
- Names, degree programs, graduate fields, brief bios and statement of commitment to diversity efforts for program leaders and team members involved
- A signed endorsement statement from the organization advisor and/or department or school leadership indicating support and alignment with DEI priorities
- An identified Cornell department account for the deposit and management of mini-grant funding
Proposals must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 7, 2022.
Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated against a rubric.
Final selections will be made by the PADE and announced on or before November 30, 2022.
Belonging at Cornell Mini Grants
2022 Pilot Program for Graduate/Professional Students
The Belonging at Cornell student pilot mini-grant program for 2022 has been completed. Five grants in the amount of $1000. were awarded in December to graduate/professional student teams and organizations. The winning projects focused on professional development, support of TAs, reading discussion groups, a clothing resource opportunity and support of the CBE “Diversity Day.”
The projects receiving grants this cycle are:
- “Breaking Barriers” – Women in Public Policy (WIPP) will present learning and networking opportunities with Cornell women alumni who have established careers in male-dominated sectors. Project leaders include Marla Munkh-Achit, a second-year MPA fellow at Brooks School of Public Policy; Katie Farrell, a first-year MPA student with a concentration in environmental policy; and Tiffany Vu, a second-year MPA student with a concentration in environmental policy.
- TA Support Program – Graduate students, supported by CTI, will develop a graduate student cohort to provide networking, support, and resources for early-program TAs who are committed to developing their own teaching skills and practices. Project leaders include Kimberly Hochstedler, a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Statistics and Data Science; and Rink Tacoma-Fogal, a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Animal Science.
- Reading discussion group - The Dyson Diversity Council’s Graduate Student Committee (DDC), in collaboration with the Graduate Student Association (GSA) of the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, will host a reading group relating to diversity and inclusion of underrepresented backgrounds in the academic workplace for economics. Project leaders include Anthony Ponce, second-year PhD Student in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; and Emil R. Kee-Tui, a second-year PhD student in Dyson in the field of development economics.
- "Life Transitioning Closet" - QGrads (LGBTQ+ Graduate Student Association) and Trans Empowerment Programming at the LGBT Resource Center will collaborate to offer a donation-based community closet with gender-affirming clothes to queer, trans, and non-binary students who are going through a transitory period of gender identity and expression. Project leaders include Yue Zhang, a first-year PhD Student in Biophysics; Gundeep Singh, a third-year PhD student in Biophysics; and Nik Pasqualini, a fourth-year PhD student in music & sound studies.
- “CBE Diversity Day” – Planned and executed by CBE’s Diversity and Inclusion Program (DIP) with the support of the CBE department, an all-day event will offer various sessions related to diversity topics and serve as a networking opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and professional student attendees. Project leaders include William (Will) Tait, a PhD candidate in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department; Richard Huang, a graduate student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department; Luis Nieves-Rosado, a graduate student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department.