InitiativesThe Office for Equity and Diversity sponsors various initiatives throughout the academic year with the goal of maintaining and advancing ECU's diverse and inclusive environment.
Diversity and Inclusion Research and Scholarship (DIRS) Program
Announcement Date: February 20, 2017
Application Due Date: May 14, 2017
Award Period: July 1, 2017-December 31, 2017 OR July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
Our institutional mission states that ECU "[p]repares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society" and "[d]iscovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond". To that end, the Diversity and Inclusion Research and Scholarship Program was established to further the goal of incorporating diversity dimensions into scholarly works.
The Diversity and Inclusion Research and Scholarship Program (DIRS) is a faculty development and seed grant program that provides funds to departments with faculty who engage in research projects related to diversity, equity, inclusion and/or cultural competence. Faculty members may apply for financial assistance for either diversity-related research expenses and/or reassignment from teaching assignments for up to one academic year.
Interested faculty must submit an application via Qualtrics survey, with an uploaded two-page vita and statement of support from the unit Chair. Applications must include a detailed description of the research project's objective, outcomes, and timeline. Research proposals should demonstrate strong potential for extramural funding. All recipients of DIRS funds are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present the final product. Funding will be provided directly to the academic unit.
The following criteria, with respective weights, will be used to screen applications and select recipients for the Diversity and Inclusion Research and Scholarship award:
Objectives and Outcomes (35%): clarity and comprehensiveness of the research objective, methodology, timeline and desired outcomes
Broader Impact (30%): addresses an institutional priority and/or societal/regional problem with high potential to affect change
Potential for Future Development (20%): identification and demonstration of potential for extramural funding
Budget (15%): clarity of budget's rationale and correlation with research project's objectives and outcomes
The Visiting Faculty and Scholars (VFS) Program
The Visiting Faculty and Scholars (VFS) program is a faculty program that is designed to: (1) assist units in bringing in qualified diverse visiting faculty and emerging scholars to conduct research and/or present on topics related to inclusion, equity, diversity, and cultural competence; (2) support progress in meeting ECU Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Plan goals; (3) increase the presence of diverse faculty; and (4) assist units with developing plans to identify pipelines for diverse faculty recruitment. An increase in the number of individuals within a diverse scholar talent pool with knowledge of our university may strengthen the university’s competitive posture in faculty recruitment. Recipients of funding must agree to the development of a long-term strategic diversity recruitment plan designed to increase faculty diversity to include, at a minimum, one year of active implementation of the recruitment plan and assessment of those efforts. The VFS program will also include an educational component, including presentations by the recipient to share information related to their recruitment plan with those in their unit and college and workshops facilitated by the Office for Equity and Diversity for the recipient’s unit designed to support diverse and equitable recruitment results. The Visiting Faculty and Scholars program is intended to support a brief visiting opportunity and is not intended to provide funds for a regular employee appointment. Similarly, the Visiting Faculty and Scholars program does not guarantee a future employer/employee hire for the unit or the scholar.
*Priority will be granted to academic areas with two consecutive years of Equal Employment Opportunity Plan goals.