EMU DEI Grants
As an Anabaptist-Mennonite institution, we are committed to peace, justice, and the transformational power of community. Our dedication to academic excellence is directly linked to our commitment to DEI.
In line with this commitment, we are offering three grant options:
- Inclusive Excellence Grants (for EMU students, faculty, and staff)
- Hertzler-Koshy Faculty Fellowship (for EMU faculty)
- Belong Together Mini Grants (for EMU students, faculty and staff)
Thanks to the generosity of Jose Koshy ‘76 and Jean Koshy-Hertzler ‘79, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion announces two internal grant opportunities to advance our mission to cultivate a culture of belonging through embracing diversity and inclusivity within the Harrisonburg campus and Lancaster site:
These grants are inspired by the values and convictions that moved John Asa Hertzler and the late Rebecca Hertzler to make a difference in the world by advocating for racial and gender justice, questioning the status quo, and building relationships across people of different backgrounds and races.
The cycle of projects that are awarded Inclusive Excellence Grants will be implemented during the fall and spring semesters.
Please submit your application in the spring semeseter!
Developed in 2005 through the efforts of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Inclusive Excellence is a research-based approach that integrates diversity and inclusion efforts into core institutional operations. Inclusive excellence requires us to be proactive and collaborative in building a community in which we all belong.
In 2019, Eastern Mennonite University announced a comprehensive strategic plan that held diversification as a top priority. This includes supporting faculty in the development of student-centered pedagogies that are inclusive of an increasingly diverse student body.
The Hertzler-Koshy Faculty Fellowship Program, honoring John Asa and Rebecca Hertzler, is a response to this invitation. The program will engage full-time faculty members during the academic year to encourage faculty/student collaborations and advance projects that integrate and infuse diversity into the curriculum with a specific focus on race, ethnicity, disability, and gender content in the curricula (undergraduate, graduate, intercultural programs, training).
The Request for Proposals for these fellowship opportunities will be available on Sept. 30, 2023. Applications will be due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2023.
The DEI mini grants ($300 max.) allow staff, faculty and students to request financial support for DEI initiatives on campus that align with EMU's strategic plan. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by the Office of DEI using the following criteria:
- the overall purpose and goals of the project;
- the project’s connection to advancing a sense of belonging on EMU's campus
- the project’s connection to EMU’s strategic plan, mission and vision
Questions? Contact the DEI office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.432.4388