Addressing Racism - Funding Initiative

DOF Call for Proposals

As described in Dean Kulkarni’s memo from June 18, 2020, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (DOF) has allocated funding for faculty-led projects that engage undergraduate students in research/scholarly projects addressing issues of racism.  This funding will be available immediately, and proposals will be accepted effective immediately, through August 31, 2020.  This funding is meant to benefit both faculty and undergraduate students.  Due to the significant disruption of employment opportunities for University students from COVID-19, student involvement in the projects is to be encouraged as a critical component.  Examples of projects could include how public policy can address systemic racism, the effects of race on poverty levels, or an art project representing racial injustice.



While the range of eligible projects and topics will be quite broad, the projects should be led by a faculty member and employ undergraduate student research assistants to explore issues of racism, including systemic racism, racial injustice, or anti-racism. These projects are intended to span no more than one year; funding will be provided immediately for use this summer, but may continue through June 30, 2021.  At the end of the project, a brief report summarizing the results should be submitted to the DOF.

Acceptable spending on the projects may include, among other things, payment to students for research assistance, research materials, and survey costs.  If University travel restrictions change and travel is allowed during the period, necessary travel will be considered an acceptable expense.  Summer salary for the faculty member leading the project is not an allowable expense for these projects.  While there is no hard cap on the amount to be allocated, most projects are expected to be $10,000 or less.  However, if there is a need for a larger group of students as part of a single project, some flexibility is available.


Application Process

Proposals should be submitted to Regan Mumolie at in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.  The proposal should be no longer than two pages and should include the following:

  1. A title and description of the project.  The description should include the rationale behind the project and the potential impact.
  2. A timeline for the start and end of the project.
  3. A budget, including the proposed number of students and projected hours and hourly rate for each student.

When budgeting hours for student research assistants, please adhere to the following guidelines:  as many as, but no more than, 320 hours of research assistance in an academic year and as many as, but not more than, 320 hours of research during the summer.



Please note that all projects must comply with all local ordinances, public health guidelines, and all applicable University policies.