The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion at UBC.
The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion – one of the core themes of UBC’s strategic plan.
Preference will be given to initiatives which:
- Build student, faculty, and staff competencies and understanding related to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion through community-engaged activities.
- Promote a respectful environment at UBC through education, dialogue, and community engagement.
- Have observable and/or measureable benefits to the representation or experiences of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community.
- Support UBC’s equity & inclusion efforts, UBC’s strategic plan, and Faculty or unit equity & inclusion goals and decision-making.
**NEW for 2020**: Initiatives must advance one or more of the actions outlined under the goals of the Inclusion Action Plan.
Application are now open until February 26, 2020.
Details and Criteria
The following UBC community members are invited to submit proposals to the Equity Enhancement Fund:
- Any UBC academic or administrative unit;
- Equity committees and equity representatives;
- Unions or Associations;
- Alma Mater Society, Graduate Student Society, UBC Students’ Union Okanagan;
- Student clubs or groups;
Applications demonstrating partnerships with other clubs and units will be given preference.
NOTE: Proposals will not be accepted to fund academic research that would be carried out in the normal course of work or study or may be eligible for research funding.
- Proposals should have observable and/or measurable benefits to the representation or experiences of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community.
- Proposals should support efforts to build the capacity of partners to adopt and advance values of equity & inclusion in their own settings;
- Project rationale and objectives should advance UBC’s approach to inclusive excellence and be consistent with the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office mandate and UBC’s strategic priorities, including innovation, inclusion and connection.
- Priority will be given to proposals that benefit the UBC community and have a continuing effect on enhancing employment or educational equity.
- Proposals should support efforts to build capacity of partners to adopt and advance values of equity & inclusion in their own settings; project rationale and objectives should advance UBC’s approach to inclusive excellence and be consistent with the priorities of the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office mandate and UBC’s strategic priorities, including innovation, inclusion and connection.
- All Equity Enhancement Fund initiatives must be in accordance with UBC’s Respectful Environment Statement.
- Initiatives must advance one or more of the actions outlined under the goals of the Inclusion Action Plan.
- Proposals up to $25,000 will be considered. Small and large proposals are encouraged, however, large proposals may receive only partial funding.
- Funding dispersed: 75% upon announcement and 25% on completion of final report.
- There are separate funds for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
- Partnerships between faculties/units/departments/groups are encouraged.
- Applications should demonstrate some financial contributions (not just in-kind) from Faculties, Units and clubs.
- Funding will not be granted for projects that are a normal part of the unit’s responsibilities and operating expenses, or, except in exceptional circumstances, to reinstitute a previously funded project in a unit.
- Successful recipients are required to submit a report, including financial accounting, to the Associate Vice President, Equity & Inclusion upon completion of the project. The Equity & Inclusion Office will provide a template for this purpose.
- Funds must be spent within one year of receiving funding. Any unused funds must be reported and returned.
- The fund recipients are responsible for planning and implementation related to the project, and covering any cost overruns.
- The proposal must be endorsed by a Head of unit or department, director, principal, vice-president, president or other similarly equivalent senior official of an organization.
- NOTE: The person making the endorsement assumes responsibility for monitoring the project and ensuring a final report is submitted.
A sub-committee of the Vice Presidents’ Strategic Implementation Committee on Equity & Diversity (VPSICED) reviews and evaluates all applications. Separate committees are formed for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Their evaluation is based on the following criteria:
- Strategic Value
How well does this initiative align with the University’s equity & inclusion mandate and commitments as outlined in UBC’s strategic plan.
- Enhances Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Will this initiative significantly contribute to the enhancement of equity, inclusion, diversity and intercultural understanding at UBC?
Does this enhance UBC’s reputation on and off campus? Does it create an opportunity to partner with other UBC units/organizations or with groups outside the university?
- Community Engaged Activities
Will this project engage and inspire participation of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community?
How can this project be made sustainable beyond the funding period?
Submit application by February 26, 2020.
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