Grant Recipients


Elizabeth Alexander”, Malin Pereira, English

African American poet, essayist, and intellectual Elizabeth Alexander will visit campus for a reading and talk.  Amount awarded: $5,000.

“Activist in Residence – Jennifer Baumgardner”, Coral Wayland, Women’s and Gender Studies

This proposal requests funds to bring Jennifer Baumgardner, noted feminist author and activist, to UNC Charlotte in the fall for a 5 day visit.  Amount awarded: $5,000.

“Anita Hill Speaking Engagement”, Women’s and Gender Studies

Professor Anita Hill captured the nation's attention when she accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, sparking a national debate on race, gender, and power. Now a professor at Brandeis University, Hill continues to address issues of equality, affirmative action, fairness and social justice. Join us for a rare opportunity as Professor Hill discusses her reflections on the current state of gender, race and sexuality in the US. Amount awarded: $5,000.

“Catalyst Quartet Residency”, Music

An educational residency and concert performance by The Catalyst Quartet, an ensemble comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players.  The overarching goal the Department of Music seeks to realize through presenting The Catalyst Quartet aligns with the mission of the ensemble and The Sphinx Organization: to advance diversity in classical music.  Amount awarded: $5,000.

“Communication Realities in a ‘Post-Racial’ Society: What the U.S. Public Really Thinks About President Obama”, Debra Smith, Africana Studies

Dr. Mark Orbe, Professor of Communication and Diversity, School of Communication and Gender & Women’s Studies Program, Western Michigan University, will preside over a discussion about the complex ways in which public perceptions of President Obama are filtered through political, generational, racial, and regional lenses.  Amount awarded: $1,950.

“Confronting Stigma and Ignorance about HIV/AIDS”, Diana Rowan, Social Work

Co-founder of The AIDS Support Organization in Uganda, Ms. Noerine Kaleeba, will present a lecture for the campus community and the larger Charlotte community, and a speech and luncheon with faculty, staff, and selected students of the Department of Social Work and the Academy of African Studies.  Amount awarded: $5,000.

“Diversity Workshop for Criminal Justice Learning Community”, Charisse Coston, Criminal Justice

This proposal will fund a facilitator for a half day workshop on diversity during a retreat of students enrolled in the Learning Community.  Amount awarded: $1,600.

“Diversity, Faculty Retention and the Evaluation of Teaching”, Scott Fitzgerald, CLAS

A campus visit by a leading scholar on diversity in higher education will provide a workshop, public lecture and consultations.  The workshop is for CLAS faculty (Department Diversity Liaisons and Department Chairs) to identify and discuss diversity issues related to teaching as part of a larger college initiative to develop recommendations for improving evaluation of teaching in CLAS.  Amount awarded: $3,950.

“Examining Health Disparities as a Diversity Issue through University-Community Partnership”, Amy Peterman, Psychology

Through a partnership with CW Williams Community Health Center, the proposed project will examine pressing health concerns within a segment of Charlotte’s low-income, minority population.  Results will be used to design focused interventions for CW Williams’ clients and will also be disseminated widely throughout the UNC Charlotte campus community.  Amount awarded: $5,000.

“Exploring Diversity and Increasing Multicultural Awareness through Community Engagement and Film”, Ophelia Lee, Social Work

The Exploring Diversity Film Festival is a three part film series that will showcase both documentary and feature films that explore multiple diversity topics.  The films will be followed by a discussion facilitated by one UNC Charlotte professor and one Charlotte community member and are intended to create dialogue about the intersection of an array of diversity issues.  Amount awarded: $4,320.