Diversity Catalyst Award Seed Grant recipients named

The University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office has awarded Diversity Catalyst Award Seed Grants for five projects for 2011. The Diversity Catalyst Award Seed Grants target creative projects that enhance and encourage the diversity goals of the University’s strategic plan, “Renewing the Iowa Promise: Great Opportunities—Bold Expectations, 2010–2016.

Program grants of up to $1,000 are provided as seed money to support projects and programs with immediate impact for enhancing the diversity goals of the University’s strategic plan. Strong consideration is given to proposals demonstrating collaboration across groups that advance cross-cultural understanding, strengthen positive intergroup relations, and promote a welcoming learning, living, and working environment.

Recipients of the 2011 Catalyst Award Seed Grants are:

  • Advocacy Summit: Moving Beyond Dialogue—Office of Graduate Ethnic Inclusion; the Graduate College; Graduate College Diversity Committee; the Urban and Regional Planning, Immunology, Genetics and Neuroscience, Molecular & Cell Biology, Informatics, Human Toxicology, and Applied Mathematics & Computational Sciences programs; the School of Library & Information Sciences; and FLARE (Foreign Language Acquisition and Research and Education). A collaborative professional development workshop for faculty and staff designed to address diversity advocacy, knowledge, awareness, and skills for the purpose of improving interactions with students and academic retention.
  • Forum Theatre Training on Gender and Identity—“Make Iowa Better” Project—UI Center for Human Rights, the Working Group Theatre, LGBT Resource Center, and the School of Social Work. A collaborative program to provide unique and innovative training to campus and community individuals who wish to support and end discrimination against LGBT youth.
  • Preparing ADA Compliant Acrobat Documents—Department of Human Resources–Organizational Effectiveness and the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology (ICATER). Grant funds will partially underwrite the purchase of Adobe Acrobat Professional software used in hands-on instructional classes in order to teach UI staff how to prepare and create ADA-compliant PDF documents.
  • Responding to International Victims of Interpersonal Violence—UI campus cosponsors: Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator, Office of International Students and Scholars, Department of Public Safety, UI Anti-violence Campus Coalition, Rape Victim Advocacy Program; Community co-sponsors: Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa, and the Johnson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A project designed to increase individual and system competency in responding to international victims of interpersonal violence (stalking, domestic/dating, and sexual violence) who are affiliated with the University of Iowa and the Johnson County communities.
  • Storytime@IOWA—Teacher Leader Center and the University of Iowa College of Education. Teacher education students will read and record popular children’s books in their native language and adapt the materials for use on mobile devices and the web, thereby allowing young students to access their favorite children’s stories from cell phones, computers, and other mobile devices used in K–12 classrooms and the home.

For more information, contact Jennifer Modestou in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at jennifer-modestou@uiowa.edu, 319-335-0705, or TDD 319-335-0697.