Through a new lens: IonE announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund grants
Increasingly, environmental and social justice are understood as inseparable. It’s certainly the case at the University of Minnesota, where recent events and programs such as the Environmental Justice Symposium have held both at their core. To advance and expand this type of work, the Institute on the Environment recently established a $30,000 pilot fund to accelerate three to six projects that connect equity and the environment. Faculty, staff, and students from any University of Minnesota campus – or community partners working with an individual within the University system – are welcome to apply for these grants.
This fund grows out of IonE’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee, whose strategic goals span a two year period and aim to ensure that new and diverse members of the IonE community feel welcomed and included. Additionally, the committee hopes to encourage the Institute’s community to openly and respectfully confront DEI challenges, both as a whole and as individuals.
The ideal grant applicant will thoughtfully indicate how diversity, equity, and inclusion enhance their work, said the DEI committee, who offered their insight, fittingly, via a collectively crafted statement. “This applicant will illustrate how equity, diversity, and inclusion is integrated into research, activities, and programming in an operational way, not as an ‘add on’ but as a lens through which they work.”
IonE expects the new fund to support many types of projects, spanning travel, events, seed funding, curriculum development, research, engagement, and education programming. Applications are due by November 26, 2018.
“IonE seeks to help create a future in which all people and the environment prosper together,” notes the DEI committee. “Such a future cannot be achieved without just, diverse, equitable, and inclusive work across our community.”
Grace Becker is the Communications Assistant at IonE and an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, where she studies strategic communication, sustainability, and Spanish.