Proposals sought for diversity and inclusion initiatives at Penn State

September 21, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Equal Opportunity Planning Committee (EOPC) invites Penn State faculty and staff to submit proposals for EOPC funding to support the University’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts and advance the University’s strategic plan (see “Advancing Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity”) with investments in programs and ideas.

Submission deadlines

  • The deadline to submit proposals for summer 2022 is Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.
  • The deadline to submit proposals for the 2022–23 academic year is Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

Funding from EOPC is intended to provide seed money for innovative pilot programs and existing initiatives that help create and support a climate of equity throughout Penn State. EOPC proposals are reviewed by volunteers who represent different campuses and units. Over the 2021-22 EOPC cycle, 33 initiatives were funded from eight different funding categories including: campus climate, curriculum, faculty and staff recruiting, faculty and staff retention, leadership development, student recruiting, student retention and graduation, and organizational change. To view a full list of funded projects as well as the abstracts from the proposals, visit the EOPC website.

The new “Equal Opportunity Planning Committee” SharePoint site recently replaced the EOPC Box folder. To access this SharePoint site, you must be logged in with your Penn State credentials. This site contains two workshops to assist faculty and staff with submitting proposals.

In the “EOPC Proposal Writing Workshop,” participants will learn about EOPC program funding and proposal components. The “Introduction to Assessment for Co-curricular Programs Workshop” reviews how to craft explicit program goals and outcomes (with measurement). The Equal Opportunity Planning Committee SharePoint site also contains a link to the EOPC proposal form, important dates and deadlines, example proposals, information for proposal reviewers, frequently asked questions, and much more.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity will review proposal drafts to provide feedback in advance of submission deadlines as time and capacity permits. The link to the proposal form is accessible via the website or the EOPC SharePoint site.

Feel free to contact EOPC with questions at eopc@psu.edu.

Last Updated September 21, 2021