UGS exploring Identity Awards


Thanks to the collaboration of CoDaC, Student Affairs and other campus partners, this year the University community will engage in an exploration of race and identity – beginning with a Common Reading initiative of The Grace of Silence by NPR Special Correspondent Michele Norris. Norris visits our campus on November 13th, and this Fall the community has been invited to participate in her Race Card Project™.  Other events in this year’s “Explore Identity Project” include a symposium on criminal justice, and a Spring TEDxUOregon around the theme of identity and creativity.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) will be supporting Winter and Spring  “Explore Identity” programming with a grant opportunity for instructional faculty and Level III instructional GTFs. Ten awards of up to $500 each will be available to support undergraduate co-curricular programming designed to sustain inquiry around the themes of race, ethnicity and identity. Awards may be used to support Winter or Spring 2014 courses – or to support activity associated with Academic  Residential Programs (ARPs), where those ARPs are anchored through academic coursework.

The funds can be used in any way that supports a course’s or ARP’s instructional objectives – with the exception of primarily social activities (e.g. a meal or party). Funds can be used, for instance, to take students to an event or special location, to fund a guest speaker, to buy materials for special projects, to enable the purchase of archival, etc., materials that would be prohibitively costly otherwise. Grants that entail collaboration between classes or instructors will be especially welcome. All applicants must be the instructor of record for their courses/ARPs. Matching funds from CoDaC may be available for some grants.

The guidelines are intentionally broad, aimed to spark creativity and collaboration. One of our goals in UGS is to promote the UO’s teaching mission with innovative curricular and co-curricular programming.

To apply, please submit the following items electronically to (a single PDF is best):  

  1. One-page proposal, including budget.
  2. Course description (including course number, projected enrollment, term taught) and outline or syllabus, as well as description of any affiliated ARP.
  3. Brief (150 word) bio describing your research interests/academic background.

As funding allows, there will be two rounds of application review:

December 2, 2013
February 17, 2014

For more information about the grants, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies:  or (541) 346-1221.