Grant Recipients


Kid Fury and Crissle West Present "The Read"

The Counseling Center is applying for a grant from the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund to bring Kid Fury & Crissle West, the creators of “The Read” a well-known pop-culture podcast that interprets pop-culture through the eyes of a Black gay man and Lesbian to UNC Charlotte in the Fall of 2014. The duo will meet with student leaders in an intimate roundtable setting and present a program in the form of a live podcast that will illustrate the particular sharp and humorous wit with which they examine cultural issues related to race, gender, and sexual identity.

Melissa Harris-Perry Speaking Engagement

This proposal requests $5,000 to bring Melissa Harris-Perry, noted scholar, journalist, feminist and activist to speak on campus.

Music of Hope and Resistance: the Jewish Violin and the Roma Guitar

Although rarely properly acknowledged, the Roma (Gypsy) musicians and the klezmorim (Jewish instrumentalists) played a great role in the development of Central and Eastern European culture. The livelihood of both Roma and Jews depended on their performance for the host nations –- Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Czechs. In their creativity, the Jewish and Roma musicians drew on the existing local folklore, but adapted it in their own way. Furthermore, they did not just create the new folkloric entities (such as “Russian–Roma,” or “Ukrainian-Jewish”), but also helped the dissemination of tunes and dance rhythms across Europe. The scholars will shed light on the shared fate that the Jews and the Roma had during the tragic events of the Holocaust. Students will also experience authentic Roma and Jewish music by world-renowned musicians.

Orchestrating Diversity

Orchestrating Diversity envisions UNC Charlotte’s elite orchestral ensemble, the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra (UNCCO) as a platform and vehicle for fostering diversity both on and far beyond campus. Through the program the orchestra will actively engage with groups of differing ages, economic status and ethnic backgrounds through special events at the university, and off campus through regional and state-wide workshops and performances, with a particular emphasis on young audiences with limited access to the study and enjoyment of live symphonic music. The UNC Chamber Orchestra will also present both artists and repertoire from geographic regions and cultural traditions underrepresented on campus and within the music industry in general.

Soul Food: A Conference on Contemporary and the Historical Dimensions of New South Food

This project originates in the Center for the Study of the New South (CSNS) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte. The programming for 2014 has focused on Soul Food: A Contemporary and Historical Exploration of New South Food.  Most readily associated with African American cuisine (and understandably so), we are interested in a conference, in October at our Center City Building, that will explore the various cuisines that have contributed and now contribute to what we identify as New South Food.  Moreover, we anticipate presenters who will discuss not only the multi-cultural and multi-continent dimensions of southern food; but scholars, chefs, restaurateurs and others to offer analyses of this subject from various disciplinary and experiential viewpoints.

The Butterfly Highway: Connecting People and Nature

Create new habitats for butterflies and other wild pollinator species in underserved neighborhoods in the city of Charlotte, NC. This project will have both social and environmental outcomes.

The Women’s Safety Audit Project

This project will use a tested method to begin to understand local residents’ experience of safety in their neighborhoods. The project will involve organizing, data collection and analysis and action taskforces will be established. It will train Charlotte neighborhood residents and UNC Charlotte students on how to conduct a Women’s Safety Audit together. This practical tool allows residents to evaluate the safety of women and children, acknowledging the added layer of threats of sexual violence against these groups in particular. By extension, the safety audit strives to make neighborhood spaces safe for all residents. The Women’s Safety Audit Project is about action, empowerment, and education.

Towards a STEM Diversity Center at UNC-Charlotte

The funding requested with this proposal is intended to support and seed a new effort towards the creation of a STEM Diversity center at UNC-Charlotte.

Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992

As the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse, students and faculty in fields such as health, human services, and education must become more culturally competent and responsive. One group to date that has received little attention though their numbers are growing is the Hmong. The goal of this project is to enhance opportunities for UNCC faculty and students to learn about the Hmong through a guest lecture by Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt on her book, Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos,1942-1992, and a discussion and question-and-answer session between Dr. Hamilton-Merritt and a panel and the audience. The aim is to tease out the impact of these wars on the health of the Hmong and suggest ways to deliver health care services to the Hmong. The UNCC community and larger community will be invited to participate in the discussion, and photos and digital recordings of the event will be made for future curriculum development.

UNC Charlotte: Dismantling Racism

In order to adequately prepare UNC Charlotte students to become effective employees working in our diverse community, educators need to understand the history of oppression, the way impact bias is manifest, and ultimately how to dismantle racism.  Dismantling Racism workshops have already profoundly affected those within the University community who have attended and through their teaching, research, and service, continue to impact our students.  Funding 20 UNC Charlotte faculty and staff members to attend the two-day workshops (preferably at least two from each College) would: 1) build anti-racist understanding throughout the University community; 2) forge connections between UNC Charlotte faculty and staff and community members; and 3) demonstrate UNC Charlotte’s commitment to and support for dismantling racism in the greater Charlotte community and region.