Requests for Proposals

Empowering others to make change

In an effort to harness the creative energy of the University community, we offer RFP opportunities designed to further the goals of Diversity & Inclusion. We accept proposals that enhance climate and full participation in academic life as well as those that promote inclusive teaching and community engagement. 

Inclusive Climate RFP

  • The primary goal of the Inclusive Climate RFP is to engage individuals and units wherever they are in their development of diverse and inclusive environments. Grants are offered at multiple funding levels, depending on the specifics of the proposal. Applications are currently closed for this academic year.

Inclusive Pedagogy RFP

  • The Inclusive Pedagogy RFP seeks applications from faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students who seek to understand and incorporate pedagogical practices to foster classroom climates that engage all students. Grants will be awarded to activities and programs that embrace a view of the individual and individual difference as the source of diversity that can enrich the lives and learning of all. Applications are currently closed for this academic year.

Juneteenth Celebration RFP

  • The Juneteenth Celebration RFP seeks applications from faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral scholars, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate/professional students who seek to develop events, programs, and activities to commemorate the Juneteenth national holiday and explore its importance to our campus community. Applications are currently closed for this academic year.

Student Food Security Innovation Fund

  • The Student Food Security Innovation Fund is designed to address the issue of food security among UChicago students. Applications are currently closed for this academic year.

Community Engagement RFP

  • The University embraces its role in empowering local communities by accepting proposals from individuals or groups who wish to work in collaboration with South Side or greater Chicago area communities through programming, research, and the development of inclusive pedagogical activities. Projects can focus on a variety of areas, including health, education, civic engagement, the arts, or culture. Both new ideas and proposals to expand existing projects are considered. Applications are currently closed for this academic year.

Inclusive Climate RFP: Physical Sciences Division

  • The Physical Sciences Division (PSD) Inclusive Climate grants offer funding to support PSD constituents in the development of an effort that will advance diversity and/or positively impact the climate of the PSD. More information is available on the PSD website. Applications are currently closed for this academic year.

Past Grant Recipients

Past recipients have already delivered measurable results such as increased community engagement and a more inclusive environment.

Juneteenth Meet and Greet

Heather Bland

Katherine Dunham Zine

D'onminique Boyd

"Rise of Afrodescendents" a Hip Hopera Production

Synita Capler

Liberating Love: A Juneteenth Celebration of Black Sexual Health

Jessi Dehlin

SNMA/MedCEEP Summer Pathway Program Opening Day

Symphony Fletcher

Planting Our Roots: Sunflower Planting in Washington Park

Ghian Foreman

Juneteenth Lunch and Learn

Camilla Frost-Brewer

Juneteenth Tea Party

Christina McNeil

F&A DEI Committee Juneteenth Food Truck 2024

Maya Moseberry

Juneteenth Lunch and Learn

Déja Motley

Building Community and Collaboration through Engaging in Education, Service, and Celebration

Khanh Nghiem

Juneteenth/MLK Day of Service for Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Nathan Olson

The Black experience in the Biological Sciences and the MBL

Margherita Perillo

Celebrating Juneteenth Through Bid Whist

Kimberly Sambou

Juneteenth Reflections

Vipul Sharma

Juneteenth Tour at the ISAC Museum

Tasha Vorderstrasse

Juneteenth Celebration: An Immersive Experience

Tracy Walker

F&A DEI Committee Juneteenth Food Trucks

Cicely Anderson  

Finding Our Freedoms

D'ominique Boyd 

Restoring Faith

Jessi Dehlin 

Juneteenth at the Southside YMCA

Jarquetta Egeston

Good Vibes on Garfield

Isis Ferguson 

Juneteenth Book Club Celebration

Aaliyah Johnson

Resisting Trauma Through Ancestral Healing

Micere Keels

Hidden Figures: Celebrating Black Women in Ecology and Evolution

William Koval

A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago Discussion

Liza Mulder

Juneteenth Screening Series

Elizabeth Myles

Juneteenth Dinner with Scholars and Practitioners of the Politics of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Disability

Neomi Rao

Examining Black Freedom

Zaria Sawdijah El-Fil

BSD OGPA Juneteenth Celebration and Reflection


Psychology Department Movie Screening: If Beale Street Could Talk

Emily Silver

Juneteenth Family Book Giveaway

Amy Simoneau

Juneteenth Lunch & Learn Celebration 2022

Marquita Tabb

Black Arts Festival: Juneteenth Commemoration

Diamond Thompson

Juneteenth Celebration at the DuSable Museum of African American History: Community Barbecue

Wendy Walker-Williams

When Revolution Roars the Unacknowledged Speak Summer Event

Abigail Winograd

Passage of Light: A Juneteenth Extravaganza

Indigo Wright

LoC Mentorship Coffee Program 

Afreen Ahmed, undergraduate student, The College  

Booth School of Business: Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Andrea Mazzocco, professional student, Booth School of Business 

Inviting a Diverse Expert Panel to a Human Rights Course

Ashley Cureton, graduate student, School of Social Service Administration 

Disability Inclusion (Video)

Charnessa Warren, staff member, Campus & Student Life 


Chase Joynt, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality 

2nd Annual Midwest First-Generation, Low-Income, Immigrant (FLI) Summit

Christian Porras, undergraduate student, The College

Humanities Division Diversity and Inclusion Bridge Program Start-Up

Christopher Taylor, faculty member, Humanities Division

Break the Silence: An Asian & Asian American Mental Health Conference

Emily Shen, The College, The College

Inclusion in Practice Workshop for Booth E/W Program

Gabriela Arismendi, Professional Student, Booth School of Business

Leveraging Analytics and Streamlined Communications to Enhance Campus Inclusion

Jasmine Shells, Professional Student, Booth School of Business

America to Me Screenings at UChicago Urban Labs

Kimberley Smith, staff member, Urban Labs

Administrative Pathway - Inclusive Hiring

Alyssa Berman-Cutler, staff member, Office of Civic Engagement

Soapbox Science: Bringing Female Scientists and Their Research to the Public

Maria Weber, postdoctoral fellow, Physical Sciences Division/Astronomy and Astrophysics

“Out” in the PSD 

Neli Fanning, staff member, Physical Sciences Division

Leading the Way - Women in STEM

Neli Fanning, staff member, Physical Sciences Division

Court Theatre’s Implementation of a New Model of Community Engagement Programming

Rodney Gingrich, staff member, Court Theater

Woodlawn Prayer and Meditation Room

Sara Furr, staff member, School of Social Service Administration 

OIA Lunch and Learn

Sarah Tolman, staff member, Office of International Affairs

Green Zone Training Initiative for Faculty and Staff

Scott Velasquez, staff member, Equal Opportunity Programs / Office for Military-Affiliated Communities

GRIT - Impacting Recruitment, Mentorship, and Retention of PSD Graduate Students from URM

Jacon Higgins, graduate student, Physical Sciences Division

PSD Dishes on Diversity - A Quarterly Potluck for Staff, Students, Researchers, and Faculty

Jessica Greenfield, administrator, PSD

Amplifying the Voices of Women in Pediatrics Research

Megan Rowton, Postdoctoral Fellow, BSD

School of Social Service Administration Pronoun Buttons

Nerissa Osby, staff member, Social Service Administration 

Staff Book Discussion

Sara Furr, Administrator, Social Service Administration  

CMB & Executive MBA Hearing One Another Workshop

Timothy Turner,  Graduate Student, Booth School of Business

Reflecting the City We Work In

Abigail Castiglione,  staff member, Urban Labs

Closing the Gap in Computer Science

Charles Todd, administrator, The College

Midwest Regional SACNAS Conference 

Christina Roman, graduate student, BSD

STEM Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT)

Emily Easton, administrator, PSD

The Women’s Advocacy Project 

Hannah Gelbort, graduate student, the Law School

Cultural Humility: An Integrated Framework to Strengthen Interpersonal Communications and Institutional Practices

John McMillen, faculty, Social Service Administration

Hispanic Heritage Month - Hispanic Leadership Programming Series

Maria del Toro, graduate student, Booth School of Business

Biotechnology and Society Program

Navneet Bhasin, Biological Science Division, Lecturer

Allison Davis Education Summit

Safiya Jonson, staff, admissions

Homecooked - Diverse Home Food Cultures of Chicago

Albert Kim, undergraduate student, the College

Maroon Tutor Match Community Event

Ashele Woods, undergraduate student, the College

Mummies Night

Calgary Haines-Trautman, staff member, Oriental Institute

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Ernest Everett Just (PhD 1916) at the University of Chicago

Daniela Palmer, graduate student, BSD

Humanities Division Diversity and Inclusion Bridge Program Start Up

Elaine Hadley, faculty, Humanities Division

Implicit Bias Workshops to Improve PSD Climate

Emily Easton, administrator, PSD

Chicago Review Special Issue on the Chicago Black Arts Movement

Eric Powell, graduate student, Humanities Division

“Share a Picture of What Diversity Looks Like in Your Country”

Fabienne Munch, staff, UChicago Global

Literary Editing as Art and Practice

Jessica Haley, administrator, PSD

PSD Deep-Dive to Increase Diversity & Inclusion for Staff

Jessica Greenfield, administrator, PSD

Rethinking Diversity in the Social Sciences

Mark Bradley, administrator, Social Sciences Division

Reading Emerging Trans* Scholars of Color on Race and Gender

Sarah Tuohey, staff member, CSGS/CSRPC

UChicago Life Course: Developing Empathy and Critical Consciousness through Experiential Learning

Shanta Robinson, faculty, Social Service Administration

2018 Chicago Disability Studies Conference

Sharon Seegers, graduate student, Social Sciences Division

Diversity Council Recruiting: A Student/Faculty Partnership to Recruit Diverse Graduate Students to the BSD

Victoria Prince, administrator, BSD

Addressing Underrepresentation in Political Science: A Multifaceted Approach

WIlliam Howell, administrator, Social Sciences Division

Salsa Workshop

Carolina Avello Leon, Graduate Student, Harris School of Public Policy

A Women in Science Discussion of A Wrinkle in Time

Emily Easton, Administrator, Physical Sciences Division

Physics Outreach Program for K-8 Girls

Harini Radhakrishnan, graduate student, PSD

Soapbox Science - Bringing UChicago’s Top Female Scientists to the Public

Maria Weber, research fellow, PSD

STRIVE for Science 

Tamica Collins, postdoctoral fellow, BSD

Oriental Institute Community Scholars: Bringing the Past to the South Side of Chicago

Tasha Vorderstrasse, staff member, Oriental Institute

Professional Diversity Networking

Tasha Drake, postdoctoral fellow, PSD

Tour of South Side on ML King Day

WIlliam Mitchell, faculty, Humanities Division

Hyde Park Academy Internship Program

Tiffany Grant, staff member, Facilities Services

Oriental Institute Nubia Night: Dinner and Conversation

Tasha Vorderstrasse, staff member, Oriental Institute

Building Together

Shontay Grant-Pinder, staff member, IT Services

Court Theatre’s Plan to Engage with Its Communities

Rodney Gingrich, staff member, Court Theatre

A Mural for a More Inclusive Chicago Sociology

Robert Vargas, Faculty, Sociology/Social Sciences Division

Anthropology Student Experience and Retention

Rachel Howard, gradaute student, Anthropology/Social Sciences Division

Biotechnology and Society Program

Navneet Bhasin, OAA, Biological Sciences Collegiate Program/The College

UChicago Initiative in Teacher Pedagogy Training

Naa Ashitey, undergraduate student, The College 

Psychology Department Prospective Student Reception

Miriam Maduff, staff member, Department of Psychology/Social Sciences Division

Weekly International Movie Nights at Booth

Marwa Darkhabani, graduate student, Booth School of Business

Allison Davis Jr. Education Summit

Lauren Barlow, staff, admissions

Better Together Phase II

Julie Edwards, staff member, Health Promotion and Wellness

The 2019 Midwest Regional SACNAS Conference: Identity and Inclusion in STEM, Transcending Boundaries

Juan Manuel Vazquez, graduate student, Biological Sciences Division

Racial Healing Circles

Joel Jackson, staff member, UChicago Medicine/Biological Sciences Division

Does the Way You Communicate Your Research Cause More Harm Than Good?

Jalisha Braxton, graduate student, Social Sciences Division

Global Mentorship Network

Hannah Barton, staff member, International House

Hispanic Heritage Month

Gabriela Arismendi, graduate student, Booth School of Business

Women in Science Mini Symposium

Elaine Kouame, graduate student, Biological Sciences Division

International House Sunday Supper Program

Deborah Jasinki, staff member, International House

Drexel HR Peer Achievement Leadership (PAL) Award Initiative

Cicely Anderson, staff member, Central Human Resources

Creating IRB Inclusion Recommendations

Caroline McGillen, staff member, Social and Behavioral Sciences IRB

UChicago STEM Ed 6-Workshop DEIC Newsletter Series

Carla Strickland, staff member, UChicago STEM Ed/Physical Sciences Division

Mummies Night

Calgary Haines-Trautman, staff member, Oriental Institute

Mass Incarceration Working Group

Alice Kim, staff member, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

Career Readiness Closet

Alejandro Monroy-Velez, staff, Harris School of Public Policy 

Trauma Informed Practices to Cultivate Inclusive Pedagogy

S. Simmons, Lecturer, Social Service Administration

Craft of Teaching Inclusive Pedagogy Fellowship

Caroline Anglim, staff member, Divinity School

Public Lecture and Workshop with Dr. Margaret Price

Michele Friedner, Faculty, Department of Comparative Human Development

An Inclusive Physics of Stars

Rebecca Diesing, Graduate Instructor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics/Physical Sciences Division

Women in STEM Symposium

MurphyKate Montee, Graduate Instructor, Physical Sciences Division

Power, Identity, Resistance, and the African American Musical Tradition

Gary Herrigel, faculty, Political Science

History of International Cinema I: The Silent Era

Allyson Nadia Field, faculty, Department of Cinema and Media Studies

Inclusive Curriculum: California

Andrea Ford, postdoc, Social Sciences Division

Queer Jewish Literature

Anna Torres, faculty, Comparative Literature

Promoting Inclusive Teaching among Doctoral Students in Social Work: Workshop Series

Ashley Cureton Turner, graduate instructor, School of Social Service Administration

Critical Pedagogy Workshop on Race and the Canon

Beatrice Beadley, Graduate Instructor, English Department

Lab Internship to Encourage Science Career

Boaz Keysar, faculty, Psychology

Robust and Inclusive Curricular Materials for Use in the Chemistry Collaborative Learning Programs

Britini Ratliff, lecturer, Department of Chemistry

Inclusive Speakers for Self, Culture, and Society 2018–19

Carolyn Johnson, lecturer, Social Sciences Collegiate Division

Visitor Fund for Pedagogical Innovation in the Humanities'Core Sequences

Elaine Hadley, faculty, Humanities Division

Physics of Stars: Designing an Inclusive STEM Course

Gourav Khullar, graduate student, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physical Sciences Division

Practices to Enhance Support of FLI Students in the Classroom

Ireri Rivas, graduate student, Student Support Services, Center for Identity+Inclusion

Universal Access in the Humanities Core

Jessica Hurley, postdoc, Humanities Division/Society of Fellows

Inclusive Course Redesign of Classics of Social and Political Thought II

Joseph Lampert, lecturer, Social Sciences Collegiate Division and Chicago Center for Teaching

Music Grad Student Course Design and Instruction Project

Julia Borst Brazas, graduate instructor, Music Department/Humanities Division

Inclusive Mentor Training for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Laura Rico-Beck, staff member, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

Making the International Relations Classroom Inclusive: Towards Best Practices 

Matthias Staisch, lecturer, Committee on International Relations/Social Sciences Division

Diverse Knowledge Practices and Sexual Violence

Michael Dango, postdoc, English / Humanities Division

POGIL Workshop Participation & Sharing of Information

Sara Massey, graduate instructor, Chemistry

Funding for Course on Human Rights in Mexico

Susan Gzesh, faculty, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

Humanities Core Inclusive Pedagogy Pilot Project

Valerie Levan, lecturer, Humanities Collegiate Division

Future Business Leaders of Chicago

Emily Blumenthal, graduate student, Booth School of Business

Open Exchange Program

Amy Chan, staff member, University Community Service Center (UCSC), Office of Civic Engagement

Grads on the Ground

Celina Chatman Nelson, staff member, Office of the Provost, UchicagoGRAD

Student and Community Engagement among Muslim Refugee Youth: The Role of Schools in a Trump Era

Ashley Cureton, graduate student, School of Social Service Administration

Impacts of the Executive Order Restrictions to Refugee Entry on Refugee Resettlement Policy and Practice in Chicago

Jessica Darrow, lecturer, School of Social Service Administration


Rebecca Eavou, staff member, Biological Sciences Division

South Side Civic Scopeathon

Loren Hinkson, graduate student, Harris School of Public Policy/Physical Sciences Division

A Community-Based Approach to Address Disparities in Colorectal Cancer and Chronic Hepatitis B in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Phillip Hsu, graduate student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Chicago Refugee Oral History Project

Saloni Jaiswal, undergraduate student, the College

TREP Project - CPS Summer Institute

Micere Keels, faculty, Social Sciences Division

Conversations That Heal: Addressing Youth Violence in Chicago

Lester Kern, graduate student, School of Social Service Administration

KitcheNet - Fresh Food Access to Englewood and Beyond

Zhipeng Li, graduate student, Harris School of Public Policy/Booth School of Business

Healthy Women, Strong Girls in Chicago’s Refugee Community

Monica Matsumoto, graduate student, Pritzker School of Medicine

AeroStar: Connecting South Side STEM Youth with Industry Leaders for Inclusion Perspectives

Daniel Spiess, staff member, UchicagoGRAD

South Side Home Movie Project Community Cataloging Initiative

Jacqueline Stewart, faculty, Humanities Division

Evaluation of Asthma Management Policy Implementation in Chicago Public Schools

Anna Volerman, faculty, Biological Sciences Division

The Role of Nonprofits in Shaping Chicago’s Municipal Identification Card Policy

Marci Ybarra, faculty, School of Social Service Administration

Harper Hives: Outreach and Inquiry with Apis Mellifera

Sophia Zaller, undergraduate student, the College

Mass Incarceration Working Group

Alice Kim, staff member, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

Creating Public Digital Access to the Hyde Park Art Center Archive

Bridget Madden, staff, Visual Resources Center, Department of Art History

A Community Education Intervention to Improve Bystander Pre-hospital Emergency Response Skills in Underserved Communities on Chicago’s South Side

Willard Sharp, faculty, Emergency Medicine/Biological Sciences Division

Radiologist-Led Community Outreach Endeavors to Reduce Disparities in Breast Cancer

Deepa Sheth, faculty, Radiology/Biological Sciences Division

LIVE@International House at the University of Chicago

Denise Jorgens, staff, International House

compileHer - Computer Science Workshop Series in South Side Middle Schools

Devshi Mehrotra, undergraduate student, Physical Sciences Division

Community STEM Series

Elaine Kouame, graduate student, Biological Sciences Division 

Japanese American Deemed Inadvisable: Building a Shared Understanding

Eric Langowski, graduate student, Harris School of Public Policy

Greater Chinatown Youth Civic Engagement Curriculum

Helen Lee, graduate student, Social Sciences Division

Enriching the Lives of Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Jason Molony, staff, Biological Sciences Division

Rethinking Randomized Controlled Trials for Social Intervention

Jennifer Mosley, faculty, School of Social Service Administration

Raising Our Community’s Knowledge (ROCK)

John Purakal, faculty, Emergency Medicine/Biological Sciences Division 

Chicago Studies Seminar Series

Christopher Skrable, staff, Office of Civic Engagement

Neighborhood Schools Program’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutoring Corps

Brandi Snodgrass, staff, Office of Civic Engagement/Neighborhood Schools Program

Intergeneration Transmission of Trauma among South East Asian Immigrants

Miwa Yasui, faculty, School of Social Service Administration 

Court Theatre Community Engagement

Rodney Gingrich, staff, Court Theatre

South Side Chicago Street Medicine

Ruth Domaze Tangonan, resident, Internal Medicine/Biological Sciences Division 

South Side Home Movie Project Community Cataloging Initiative: Greater Chatham

Jacqueline Stewart, faculty, Humanities Division

Smart Teen Program Chalet Project

Sara Arnas, staff, Smart Museum of Art

South Side: a mobile-app history tour

Seth Richardson, staff, UChicago Press

GEMS Conference (Giving, Empowering, Mentorship, and Self-Identity)

Sonia WiIlingham, staff, Anesthesia/Biological Sciences Division 

Elevating the Voices of Chicago Families: Parent Chats/Platicas

Vanessa Gutierrez, staff, Consortium on School Research

Families Forward Coalition: A Community-Based Participatory Research and Service Project to Support Sexual and Gender Minority Youth of Color and Their Families

Alida Bouris, faculty, School of Social Service Administration