Thank you for joining the Office of Sponsored Projects and the office of Corporate and Foundation Relation's Faculty Scholarship Discussion Hour centered on racial justice on October 22nd. We hope it provided a productive and fruitful space to learn from colleagues across campus and identify interdisciplinary connections and potential collaborators in your scholarship toward racial justice and a more equitable future.
Below is information about the racial and social justice landscape, resources available to you at the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons and other relevant resources, and funding opportunities supporting racial and social justice initiatives.
Philanthropy Responds to the Racial Equity Movement by David Maurrasse (Grantcraft.org, 2020)
Confronting Philanthropy's Uncomfortable Truths by Lucy Bernholz (Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2020)
On September 22, 2020, President Trump signed his Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping which aims to prohibit certain 'divisive topics' in diversity training in federal agencies, the Armed Services, and federal contractors and grantees.
The State University of New York issued a preliminary guidance on October 2, 2020 regarding "What Colleges and Universities Need to Know."
In particular, section five outlines the requirements as they pertain to federal grants:
Sec. 5. Requirements for Federal Grants. The heads of all agencies shall review their respective grant programs and identify programs for which the agency may, as a condition of receiving such a grant, require the recipient to certify that it will not use Federal funds to promote the concepts that (a) one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex; (b) an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously; (c) an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex; (d) members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex; (e) an individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex; (f) an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex; (g) any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex; or (h) meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress another race. Within 60 days of the date of this order, the heads of agencies shall each submit a report to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that lists all grant programs so identified.
On October 8th, the AJCU,a long with dozens of other organizations, signed a letter developed by the American Council of Education strongly opposing the executive order.
The OSP will continue to monitor the impacts of this EO and specific federal agency responses.
Everyday Tips for Equity-Minded Scholars by Nana Lee (Inside Higher Ed, 2020)
Career Exploration Through the Lens of Equity by Deborah Willis (Inside Higher Ed, 2020)
Taking Equity-Minded Actions to Close Equity Gaps by Lindsey Malcolm-Piqueux (Peer Review, 2017)
How Diversity Works by Katherine W. Phillips (Scientific American, 2014)
For more information or support with your racial justice scholarship, please contact:
The Office of Sponsored Projects - individual consultations regarding your scholarship agenda, identifying funding opportunities, submitting a grant proposal
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations - private funding landscape and opportunities, communications and relationship-building with private funders
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons - research and scholarship resources, library guides, institutional subscriptions
Thank you for contributing your ideas, suggestions and links related to racial justice scholarship. Below are two links shared during the hour. Please feel free to send other relevant articles or resources to be posted here.
Trends in Health Disparities, Health Inequity, and Social Determinants of Health Research: A 17-Year Analysis of NINR, NCI, NHLBI, and NIMHD Funding by Kneipp, Schwartz, Drevdahl, Canales, Santacroce, Santos, and Anderson (Nursing Research, 2018)
This Ain’t Another Statement! This is a DEMAND for Black Linguistic Justice! by Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2020