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Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Initiative

Infusing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
into Existing Courses/Curriculum

Course Redesign Grant & Call For Applications

The Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Initiative at the University of Memphis is offering an opportunity for interested faculty to critically consider methods and approaches to redesign existing courses housed within their departments to better advance the tenets and charge of the University’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice. This announcement offers a competitive grant opportunity designed to support faculty who are interested in redesigning and aligning existing course syllabi with the goals established by the workgroup entitled, Infusing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice into Existing Courses/Curriculum. Co-Leads of the workgroup are Drs. Beverly Cross, Remy Debes and Ladrica Menson-Furr. Additional information about the full report and workgroup members is available at Work Groups - Social Justice Initiative - The University of Memphis. These goals are: 
  1. Identify/develop actionable frameworks for diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice 
  2. Identify/develop critical curriculum review questions and protocols 
  3. Integrate culture and climate as supports to curriculum content, methods, and teaching and learning 
  4. Accumulate and disseminate models for curriculum self-assessment, program planning and continuous learning 

Beginning in the Spring 2022 semester, 15-20 faculty members will be selected to serve as the first cohort of Curriculum: Infusing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice into Existing Courses/Curriculum Redesigners/Developers.

The grant offers a $3,000 stipend (awarded in two installments—$1,500 after completion of the syllabi redesign and $1,500 after teaching the newly designed course), opportunities for extensive pedagogical and theoretical training and workshop experiences, summer course development and workshop sessions, and both pre-conference and University-wide post-conference presentation in which course redesign faculty will present and share their strategies, foci and best practices and approaches to focused course redesign. 

It is expected that those selected will agree to the timeline below and will serve as Course Design Ambassadors for their home departments, colleges and centers.


Grant Application Deadline Jan. 28, 2022
Announcement of Winners Feb. 2022
Faculty Incentive Pre-Conference Feb. 2022
Spring Collaborative Planning and Review Sessions Spring 2022
Syllabi Redesign and Development Summer 2022
Summer Collaborative Planning and Review Sessions Summer 2022
Incentive Pay (1) for Course Development Summer 2022
Course Taught Fall 2022
Talk-Back Panel on Course Redesign Spring 2023
Incentive Pay (2) for Completed Course Redesign/Teaching Spring 2023


This grant opportunity is available to full-time instructors and lecturers, tenure-track and tenured faculty members.  

Application Submission Procedures

Applicants are asked to compete the application process by submitting the following documents:
  1. Application narrative, to include:
    • Name, title, department, areas of research specialty and email address.
    • 500 word narrative addressing the following questions:
      • How do you approach diversity, equity and inclusion within your pedagogical style? 
      • What is your diversity, equity and inclusion philosophy and how does it inform your approach to syllabi design? 
      • How do you anticipate the redesign of your selected course will address disparities within the subject areas and/or department’s existing curriculum and courses?
  2. A syllabus for an existing course (one previously taught) to be redesigned, which will be taught during the fall 2022 semester. (Preference will be given to General Education courses and Degree or Concentration Major/Minor Core courses.)
  3. A brief statement of support from the faculty member’s department chair that includes a commitment to schedule the proposed course for fall 2022 if the proposal is selected and if schedules allow.

Email all three documents together in one email with the subject line “DEI Grant Proposal” to Ms. Cathy Wilhelm in the Department of Philosophy,, by January 28, 2022.
Dr. Tom Nenon
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Dr. Karen Weddle-West
Vice President for Student Academic Success and Director of Diversity Initiatives
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