Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton and Donovan Livingston discuss national
trends in diversity and inclusion at the Tiger Excellence Program

DIVERSITY ENGAGEMENT

Diversity Engagement fosters enhanced and supported engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion at Auburn University. The work of Diversity Engagement works collaboratively with units to support programs and initiatives that deepen learning, provide opportunity, and further development of diversity initiatives across Auburn.

For questions, please contact Dr. Rochelle Johnson, Director, Diversity Education and Engagement, at rwj0009@auburn.edu. 

Welcome reception 2022

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity invites new and returning faculty and staff to join us in our annual Welcome Reception on September 1, 2022, at 5:00 pm in the Alumni Hall Atrium.

GRANT PROGRAMS

INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMMING GRANT

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity encourages students, faculty, and staff to create new opportunities to explore, advance, and understand topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Inclusive Excellence Programming Grant is specifically designed to provide support for new, innovative, and impactful approaches that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and related concepts. Examples of programs that may be supported include lectures, symposia, workshops, conferences, performances, visit/preview days, and other programmatic efforts. The Inclusive Excellence Programming Fund Review Committee will consider all requests and make decisions based on available funds. Typical funding will be around $2,000.

Funding

The Inclusive Excellence Programming Fund Review Committee will consider all requests and make decisions based on available funds. Typical funding will be around $2,000.

The Inclusive Excellence Programming Fund may be used for initiatives such as the following:

  • Guest speakers on a topic relating to diversity, equity, or inclusion.

  • To create new programs to explore, advance, and understand topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Outreach efforts to underrepresented populations in a field or discipline.

  • Programs that expand current efforts to be more intentional toward diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

  • Events that expand the inclusion of issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, and national origin.

Eligibility

Current Auburn University faculty, staff, and departments are eligible to receive funding. Student organizations must submit proposals through Student Involvement.

EXPLORATORY RESEARCH GRANT

This program is the inaugural cycle of funding to foster the development and growth of innovative and transformational scholarly and creative efforts that are exploratory toward successful proposals for larger external grants that center on broadly defined topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, inclusive excellence, justice, and other related concepts. Agencies that may align with this approach include, but are not limited to, Sloan, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Mellon Foundation, Lumina Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and other grant agencies.

EMPLOYEE DIVERSITY ENGAGEMENT GRANT

The Employee Diversity Engagement Grant is specifically designed to support the professional development of Auburn faculty and staff to advance their knowledge, skills, and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This program will supplement professional development funding provided to enhance the depth and quality of learning experiences related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

ADVANCING DIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT FUND

The Advancing Diversity Graduate Student Support Fund avails resources to graduate students to support their engagement with conference presentations, poster sessions, and other career advancement and scholarly efforts. For example, a student may have a proposal accepted but may have limited professional resources to attend the conference – their attendance ultimately benefits Auburn broadly and supports diversity in that given field. The Office of Inclusion and Diversity encourages students to create new opportunities to advance their career goals and topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their research.