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“RISE ABOVE” Grants

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) is seeking proposals (up to $750.00 per awardee) from the campus community for events and other endeavors that further the overall goals of the “Rise Above” campaign. All proposed projects must be completed by December 6, 2013.

The Rise Above campaign focuses our University community on assumptions and biases that we need to overcome and values that we need to embrace in order to create an inclusive campus. The campaign calls on us to “Rise Above” racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of bias and, instead, to “embrace” unity and diversity. Through this grant program, ODI seeks to offer members of the campus community opportunities to engage actively around issues of diversity, culture, identity, bias, and difference.

Any student, staff, and/or faculty member at the University of Maryland who wishes to engage in this work is encouraged to apply. Because the dispersal of funds requires a campus account number, the potential grantee must be affiliated with an SGA-recognized student organization or University of Maryland campus unit.

Click here for the "Rise Above" Request for Proposals and application form.