Diversity Initiatives Grant Information

The Office of Equity and Diversity and the Diversity Initiatives Review Board (DIRB) are pleased to provide an easy online application process! The updated guidelines include elements of The University of Scranton Strategic Plan - along with a scoring rubric for applicants to consider when creating a diversity project. The DIRB will meet in November and April to review and consider applications. You may submit an application anytime during the year.


Commitment to Diversity Education

The University of Scranton values diversity as a critical and integral part of its mission. It is the intention of the University Administration and Board of Trustees to promote initiatives that energize the commitment to diversity inclusion, provide opportunity for inter-cultural engagement as well as expand opportunities for multicultural experiences for our community. The Office of Equity and Diversity oversees, supports and sponsors the development and growth of diversity awareness education programs that promote inclusivity and incorporate the foundation of the University’s new strategic plan: our community, our core and our commitments. Applicants are encouraged to consider these principles when drafting proposals.

Rubric used by the Diversity Initiatives Review Board

All project proposals will be evaluated and scored based upon the following criteria. Applicants will be given a score of up to 10 points in each category, for a maximum of 40 points.
The highest amount of points will be given in each category as it satisfies the following elements: 
  • Proposal and Funding Model: Proposal is clearly defined, exemplifies one or more of the above-referenced goals and objectives, and contains abundant strategies to support implementation; funding model is realistic.
  • Measurable Impact on Community Learning: Proposal is likely to have a significant educational impact on a large portion of the population and seeds innovation. Applications must include a draft of the survey and/or assessment tool that will be used to measure the impact/response of the audience.
  • Collaboration: Proposal includes significant collaboration across multiple disciplines, and/or with community partners, and showcases diversity as part of the educational experience.
  • Project Promotion: Proposal demonstrates clear identification of target audience and effective and/or extensive marketing strategy for recruitment of participants.
In the event there are a number of proposals with tie scores, the review board may award up to 5 points for proposals that include a diverse speaker, collaborator, or presenter.

Diversity Initiatives Grant Award Winners

2015-2016 Marie Karam TA Talks  $2,500.00 Completed
2015-2016 Huey Shi Chew Global Insights $2,400.00 Completed
2015-2016 Rebecca Dalgin Eric Arouz, disAbilities Conference evening keynote $2,500.00 Completed
2015-2016 Susan Mendez Roberta Villalon, researcher: Immigration, Domestic Violence and the Latina Population  $2,100.00 Completed
2015-2016 Delicia Alarcon Festival of Nations $2,500.00 Completed
2015-2016 Patricia Wisniewski- Beading Hope Std. Club  NAMI "In Our Own Voice" with Kerry Bentler        $450.00 Completed
2015-2016 Marzia Caporale 18 IUS, Soli film director $550.00 Completed
2015-2016 Julie Schumacher Cohen Global Tastes                 $1,250.00 Completed
2015-2016 Patricia Cummings - Irish Student Club Potato Mash in celebration of St. Patrick's Day                    $750.00 Completed
2015-2016 Linda Ledofrd-Miller Spanish Guitarist - Paulo Soler $1,000.00 Completed
2015-2016 Jessica Nolan Border Crossers - Discussing  $1,500.00 Completed
2015-2016 Justine Johnson Safe Zone Facilitators $1,500.00 Completed
2015-2016 Elizabeth Rozelle Lindsey Pollak - "Becoming the Boss" Career Diversity Training $1,000.00 Completed
2016-2017 Jose Sanchez Denice Frohman Slam Poet $1,000.00 Completed
2016-2017 Jose Sanchez Frank Little Bear Presentation Celebrating Native American Culture $750.00 Completed
2016-2017 Jose Sanchez 1st Annual Global Food Bazaar $1,500.00 Completed
2016-2017 Justine Johnson Global Solidarity: Human Trafficking Awareness $2,500.00 Completed
2016-2017 Justine Johnson Safe Zone Workshop Materials $600.00 Completed
2016-2017 Hannah Jackson 11th Annual World Languages and Cultures TA Talks $2,450.00 Completed
2016-2017 Marzia Caporale Blaxploitalian Film Screening and Discussion with African-Italian Director Soli $700.00 Completed
2016-2017 Sufyan Mohammed PRSSA Student Club Emotional Suffering Education Summit $2,500.00 Completed
2017-2018 Cathy Seymour Justice on Tour Students Faculty and Staff $1,600.00 Completed
2017-2018 Jamie Trnka Guerilla Girls $1,100.00 Completed
2017-2018 Rebecca Dalgin disAbilities Conference evening keynote presentation:  RJ Mitte $2,500.00 Completed
2017-2018 Amy Hoegan Realities of Immigrating $2,000.00 Completed
2017-2018 Maria Marinucci  Safe Zone Curriculum Updates $1,440.00 Ongoing
2017-2018 Susan Mendez Visit with novelist Angie Cruz, class visits and campus presentation with readings, Q&A. $2,000.00 Completed
2017-2018 Hannah Jackson TA Talks Sp 18 $686.64 Completed
2017-2018 Sondra Myers History Matters: Adwan Lecture, Schemel Forum $1,000.00 Completed
2017-2018 Jose Sanchez Screening of Latinos Beyond Reel, w/ Dir. Miguel Picker $550.00 Completed
2018-2019 Rebecca Dalgin Working Through the System with Bern Gavlick and Bill Ziegler $2,500.00 Completed
2018-2019 Maria Marinucci, Michael Ritterbeck, University Programming Board Screening and Discussion of  The Hate U Give $1,400.00 Completed
2018-2019 Hannah Jackson TA Talks Sp 19 $1,500.00 Completed
2017-2018 George Gomez- Asia Student Club  Holi Festival of Colors $2,500.00 Completed
2017-2018 Jose Sanchez  - United Cultures Organization Student Club Festival of Nations $1,500.00 Completed
2016-2017 Yamile Silva Women in Mariachi Music: Flor de Toloache's performance $2,500.00 Date TBA
2017-2018 Maria Marinucci  GaySL The Intersection between LGBTQ and Disability $1,673.36 Date TBA
2018-2019 Gunjan Bansal Inter-disciplinary Collaboration Enhancement Initiative $400.00 Date TBA
2018-2019 Sufyan Mohanned PRSSA Student Club National Organ Donor Competition and Awareness Event $2,350.00 Completed
2018-2019 Janette Scardillo Intersections of Sexual and/or Gender Minority Identities: Ethical and Legal Discussions for the Health Professional $1,350.00 Completed

Christina Lenway,

Mary Ellen Pichiarello

Preparing for Success: Minds, Hearts, and Classrooms $1,500.00 Completed
2019-2019 Ann Pang White - Asia Club Diwali/Navratri $800.00 Completed
2018-2019 Ann Pang White - Asia Club Holi Festival '20 $1,300.00 Canceled
2018-2019 Ana Ugarte Se Habla Espanol Dance Nights $900.00 Fall & Spring 19-20
2018-2019 Jose Sanchez Festival of Nations '20 $2,000.00 Canceled
2018-2019 Teresa Grettano On Her Shoulders Film Screening and Discussion $2,090.00 Completed
2018-2019 Jennifer Rose Pennington Royals Respect Preventing Sexual Misconduct $2,200.00 Completed
2019-2020 Hannah Jackson TA Talks 20-21 $1,800.00 Postponed to Spring 2021
2019-2020 Kimberly Pavlick Women in Governement Celebration $2,500.00 September 17, 2020
2019-2020 Maria Marinucci Safe Zone Training Expansion $1,400.00 Ongoing
2019-2020 Susan Mendez Author Ernesto Quinonez $2,500.00 Postponed until Spring 2021
2019-2020 Hank Willenbrink Play: Men on Boats $1,000.00
2019-2020 Billie Tadros Meg Day Poet and Deaf Consumer $2,500.00
2019-2020 Lauren Rivera We Are Scranton Student Video $500.00
2019-2020 Catherine Seymour Justice on Tour Fall 2019 $350.00
2020-2021 Virgina Picchietti Black Italians#Digital Culture in Contemporary Italy


2020-2021 Julie Schumacher-Cohen
Faculty/Staff Workshop: Community Based Learning as a Critical Pedagogy
$1,500.00 Completed
2020-2021 Elizabeth Garcia Faculty/Staff Webinar: A Call to Conversion: Eliminating Anti-Black Racism as a Jesuit, Catholic University $1,250.00
2020-2021 Tara Hamilton-Fay Me and White Supremacy: Book reading followed by guided dialogues, for administrators, faculty and staff. $1,500.00
Summer/Fall 2021
2021-2022 Maria Marinucci, Jose Sanchez ROCK Program - Royals of Color  Kickoff Welocme events supporting new students of color at Scranton. Programming will continue through the arye. $2,500.00 2021-2022
2021-2022 Jennifer Rose Pennington The Lenape: Past, Present and Future, a presentation by Curtis Zunigha $763.30 Nov. 30, 2021
Ann Pang-White
Asia Club
Diwali/Navratri Festival $1,500 Oct. 22, 2021
2021-2022 Maria Marinucci, Jose Sanchez ROCK Program - Royals of Color  Kickoff - Fall 22 $2,500 Fall 22-Spr. 23
2021-2022 Ann Pang-White
Asia Club
Holi Festival $2,500 Apr. 23, 2022
Jose Sanchez
Spanish Cultural Club
El Carnaval $2,500 Apr. 30, 2022
Jose Sanchez
United Cultures Organization
Festival of Nations $2,500 May 6, 2022
2021-2022 Susan Mendez Mariana Ortega: Listening to Sorrow in Border Cantos $2,000 Dec. 1, 2022
2021-2022 Darlene Miller-Lanning Mayan Narratives: photo gallery and lecture by Byron Maldonado $2,000 Nov. 2022
2021-2022 Julie Schumacher-Cohen Indigenous History of the Lackawanna River Valley, visit and community keynote with Curtis Zunigha $1,980 Mov. 16-18, 2022
2022-2023 George Auliso,  Black Student Union Black History Month on Film $2,500 Feb. 2023
2022-2023 Hannah Jackson World Languages TA Talks, $2,100
Spring 2023
2022-2023 Darlene Miller-Lanning A New Understanding: Paintings by Travis Prince - first Friday Artwalk and student lessons $2,300
Feb. 2023
2022-2023 Kimberly Pavlick Fair Play, film screening and discussion on International Women's Day $545
Mar. 2, 2023
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