RITM Grants for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) seeks to support ambitious efforts designed or endorsed by Deans, Department Chairs, and other University administrators that foreground the study of race, indigeneity, or transnational communities. These events—featuring invited scholars and/or practitioners—might include academic conferences, speaker series, film screenings, seminars, colloquia, or roundtables. Units of the University that receive this funding should develop ancillary programming (such as lectures, meals, workshops, or meetings with faculty or students) addressing issues of campus climate and/or institutional diversity.

The Center will award a limited number of grants of $1,500 or more to support these efforts. Collaborations between more than one school or program of the University are particularly encouraged.

Examples of what RITM might fund:

  • RITM supports a departmental request to invite three external scholars to a conference on ethnic violence in Spain. The department then convenes and covers the costs of a lunch with those scholars and invited graduate students to discuss how race and gender issues shape hiring in the field.
  • RITM supports a departmental request to invite outside speakers to a roundtable on “the refugee crisis in Europe.” The following day, these visitors meet with senior faculty to discuss how their home campuses counter implicit bias in graduate admissions.
  • RITM sponsors several sessions of an ongoing lecture series related to race and health disparities; after each RITM-supported session, the Dean hosts breakfast with the visitor and others to discuss perceived burdens and opportunities for students of color in the program.
  • RITM supports a classroom visit by a Michigan State faculty member working to address and understand the impact of the water crisis in Flint; later in the day, the visitor meets with undergraduates in the STARS program to discuss diversity efforts in STEM fields.
  • RITM supports a one-day symposium focusing on the work of a scholar of Latinx literature at another Ivy League university; the following morning, the department chair invites interested junior faculty to breakfast to discuss mentoring, publishing, “invisible labor,” and career advancement.
  • RITM sponsors a departmental film screening and director’s talk-back. Because the filmmaker works closely with Native communities and non-Native archaeologists, the department then hosts a more focused discussion with the director about archaeology’s relationship to Native communities intended for graduate and undergraduate students.

To apply for funding, please complete the application below. Proposals will be reviewed on or around October 22 and November 26, 2018, and January 28 and March 4, 2019.

Applications will be considered by a review committee co-chaired by Kimberly Goff-Crews, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, and Stephen Pitti, Founding Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. 

The RITM Grants Program is an initiative of Belonging at Yale and is a partnership with the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, which offers similar support for students and student organizations.  

Additional guidelines, including the requirement for a brief final report, will be provided to successful applicants.

For additional information, please contact the Center at ritm@yale.edu.

In the proposal file, please include (1) the name(s) of the organizer(s), (2) the name and email address for the application point of contact, and (3) requested and confirmed contributions by other funding sources.
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