Grant Recipients


Culture, the Environment and Health: Building an Understanding of Place Through Film

A one-credit course offered spring semester 2015 examining the intersection of culture, the environment and health as shown through film.   Film viewing also will be available to those interested in participating on a non-credit or non-regular basis. 

D-I-V-E-R-S-I-T-Y Spells a UNC Charlotte Graduate Education

A short film depicting the University’s diverse graduate student population. The film will be used to recruit students from the Charlotte region and beyond in an effort to diversify graduate education at UNC Charlotte.

Dis/Locating and Connecting Spaces in the African Diaspora and Latin America

A vibrant conference with internationally recognized scholars to discuss ethnic and racial identities in the Atlantic world.

Diversifying the STEM Pipeline in Chemistry and Nanoscale Science

Chemistry professors from UNC Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University will develop a collaborative research program in chemistry, with a goal of enhancing both departments’ contribution to a diversified STEM pipeline.

Expanding Recruitment of Women and Underrepresented Science Graduate Students

This proposal requests funds to initiate a long-term
practice of outreach through faculty and student representation at
national meetings, which have high minority student attendance
rates. The overarching goal is to expand the number of underrepresented
minorities who apply in STEM disciplines and thus
increase the diversity of our graduate student body and faculty.

Feminism and Critical Race Theory Series: Incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex

For the fourth installment of its annual Feminism and Critical Race Theory series, the Center for Professional Applied Ethics proposes a speaker series exploring the extraordinary rate of incarceration in the United States, and the gender, racial and class politics that accompany it. Our primary goal is to draw attention to, and renew conversation about, the incredible burden that high rates of imprisonment places on African American communities and on those who are caught in what Angela Davis dubbed the “prison industrial complex.” We aim to shed light not just on the rates of imprisonment, but on the ways it shapes the cultural meaning of race, gender and class in contemporary society, and on ways that critical theorists have attempted to resist it.   

Food and Ritual in Ancient and Contemporary Mexico

This application requests funds to support two guest speakers who will address the theme of “Food and Ritual in Ancient and Contemporary Mexico” from an art historical perspective.  Renowned food scholars, Dr. Elizabeth Morán and Mrs. Maite Gomez-Rejón will engage with campus and community audiences to explore the role of food in social and religious contexts in Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica and cultural continuities in contemporary Mexican cooking traditions.

Fostering Success: Providing Support for Students Who Have Aged Out of Foster Care and Enrolled in UNC Charlotte

Students who are currently in, or have aged out of, the foster care system who are also attempting to adjust to the culture of higher education need additional support.  While there is a term to define these students, the conditions surrounding their situations may not be so clear.  Engaging in conversations on the needs of these students may help us to better support them, as well another hard-to-support populations of students (e.g. emancipated minors, wards of the court, and unaccompanied youth, as well as those who are in legal guardianship, kinship care, at-risk for homelessness or homeless) that pose tremendous challenges to retention and graduation rates nationwide.

Giving Voice to Asian and Asian-American Composers: Concerts and Guest Lectures by Asian and Asian-American Performers and Composers

This project features a lecture-discussion and two performances centered on the Asian and Asian-American compositional voice in 21st century classical music. These programs, to be given in March, 2015, will increase awareness of diversity issues in the performing arts for UNC Charlotte students and faculty, for high-school minority students who might have limited or no access to such classical music opportunities/artists, and for the greater Charlotte community in the form of performed art works and lectures about how the creative voice of minority artists is heard.

Just Us: Breaking Boundaries with Images

The goal of this project is to empower individuals to express themselves, recognize stereotypes, and enhance the richness of diversity on campus through a student-focused, interactive photography project, art exhibit, and public lecture. Todd Drake, an internationally-recognized exhibiting artist, will illustrate through a campus art exhibition, social media, and public lecture how photography can be used to explore and experience the rich tapestry of diversity that exists at UNC Charlotte and explore personalized understandings of diversity in everyday life.