2019-2020 Mini-Grant Profiles

University of Choice: Tyler Bruefach (Student)

Project: The Goalball Initiative for Inclusive Recreation provides education and additional spaces for inclusive recreation. This initiative offers the unique opportunity for people of all visual abilities to participate together in an inclusive sport. Goalball clinics sensitize students, faculty, and staff to the presence of students with diverse abilities on campus and the need for inclusive practices.

W.E.B Du Bois National Honor Society: Dr. Patricia Golay (Faculty)

Project: The W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society 2020 Biennial National Conference will discuss the policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that surround inequality and, over time, have led to differential outcomes based on race and ethnicity. During the conference, attendees will examine ways African Americans struggled to overcome complex and serious challenges to their citizenship during Du Bois’ time, as well as the current uncertainty of maintaining the progress made by those determined to live as free and equal citizens.

Center for Global Engagement, the Center for Leadership and Social Change: Elcin Haskollar, Tanu Kohli Bagwe and Miguel Hernandez (Faculty)

Project: The Diversity Talks Podcast features a collection of conversations on diversity, inclusion, and intercultural competence for our campus, community, and beyond. Each episode explores a new topic with a special

guest, and brings forward the voices of leaders who strive to create a more inclusive culture for underrepresented groups.

Department of Physics: Eric Hsiao, Melissa Shahbandeh, Scott Davis, Sahana Kumar, Jing Lu, Chris Ashall (Faculty)

Project: We Are All Star Stuff introduces astronomy to Jefferson County high school students using the newly constructed FSU Observatory. Students will operate the telescope, learn about the astronomical objects they observe, and interact with FSU undergraduates, graduate students, and professors regarding STEM education and careers. These activities improve the recruitment of students from historically underrepresented groups and enhance learning about diversity for FSU students.

Visiting Artist Committee: Jessica Ingram and Clinton Sleeper (Faculty)

Project: The Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2019-2020 invites visiting artists to engage with students and give presentations that are open to the public. The Visiting Artist Committee will use this mini-grant to supplement department and college funding earmarked for travel, accommodations, and stipends to support artists who identify as members of underrepresented populations.

College of Fine Arts at FSU: Stephanie James (Administrator)

Project: Inclusion Perspectives is an exhibition at 621 Gallery in Railroad Square on diversity and inclusion, with emphasis on how they are related, although distinct. The focus of the exhibition is on ‘inclusion’ as an outcome of acknowledging diversity. The project invites students to participate using any medium that they choose and submissions will be selected and curated by a diverse and inclusive group of artists, writers, and curators. The main goal is to demonstrate the positive impact of inclusion when diversity has been acknowledged, understood, and welcomed, in that order.

African American Studies Program: Patrick L. Mason (Faculty)

Project: William A. "Sandy" Darity, Jr. Visit to FSU – The African American Studies Program seeks to bring Prof. William A. "Sandy" Darity, Jr. to FSU during Spring 2020. Darity is a high-profile academic researcher who has decades of experience as a mentor for undergraduates, graduate students, and assistant professors. Professor Darity is an exceptional resource person for those interested in recruiting, promoting, and retaining scholars in academic disciplines that, historically, have not had diverse representation.

Department of Anthropology: Jayur Madhusudan Mehta (Faculty)

Project: Defining Critical Social Issues and Underrepresented Perspectives in Anthropology enhances the diversity of voices on campus, demonstrates to the FSU

community the richness of the human experience, and gives voice to and amplifies perspectives that typically are not represented. Bringing anthropological scholars to campus who are members of historically underrepresented groups or work with underrepresented groups accomplish these goals.

Diversity in Psychology Organization for Graduate Students (DPOGS): Valeria M. Rigobon (Student)

Project: I Am Psyched! National Tour is a traveling, multimedia art exhibit by the American Psychological Association to showcase and explore the history and contemporary contributions of women of color to psychological research, practice, and social justice efforts. The exhibit represents a collaborative effort between The Women’s Programs Office (WPO), Center for the History of Psychology, Psychology’s Feminist Voices Oral History and Digital Archive Project, and the Girls Advisory Committee (DC metro area). This engaging exhibit is for all visitors, especially young women and girls of color, in an exploration of how psychology benefits daily life.

FSU Sports Medicine Department (Athletics): Amanda Robinson (Staff)

Project: Diversity in Sports Medicine: An Interactive Workshop promotes ethnic diversity among future sports medicine professionals and, specifically, athletic trainers. It exposes undergraduate and high school senior students to networking opportunities, hands-on instruction, testimonials from leading industry professionals, and discussion of current issues in the realm of sports medicine.

English: Frances Tran and Lindsey Eckert (Faculty)

Project: The English Department Diversity Reading Initiative celebrates the work of a living author who identifies as part of an underrepresented community. To launch this pilot program, we have selected N.K. Jemisin’s debut short story collection, "How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?" (2018) as our central text. All faculty in our department will be encouraged to teach stories from this collection in their undergraduate and graduate courses. This initiative demonstrates our collective commitment, as scholars and teachers, to diversity as an ongoing and urgent project that needs integration into all areas of our pedagogy, curriculum, and programming.

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