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Call for Proposals: Dialogue and Engagement Across Differences

October 12, 2016

Dear members of the Vassar Community

Would you like to create a campus-wide event, series of events, or residency that engages a potentially divisive social issue or provides opportunities to practice such engagement? Can you and your colleagues or group organize events or occasions for exploring issues constructively in the face of deep-rooted and intense disagreements?

Through a generous anonymous gift, the President’s Office seeks to support students, faculty, administrators, and staff interested in developing lectures, dialogues, trainings, arts events, etc. that reflect Vassar’s commitment to engaging difference constructively within our community, doing so through exploring diverse ideas and participating in transformative and respectful dialogue

The Dialogue and Engagement Across Differences initiative began in 2014 as a two-year program. Remaining funds allow the program to continue into the 2016-17 academic year. The funds support events that examine controversial issues facing the Vassar community and society at large in ways that promote conversation and engagement across differences. Funding priority will go to events that promise high impact. Events must explore complex or challenging social issues from multiple perspectives either through the guest(s) chosen or through the format of the event and any associated activities. Proposals should comment on how the event advances dialogues on campus about an important issue for the Vassar community.

Proposals should include:

  • Program title
  • Program abstract (maximum 100 words)
  • Detailed program description (maximum 600 words), including the format (lecture, workshop, interactive/experiential, training, etc.) and duration. The description must also explain how the proposed event addresses a concern important to the Vassar community, promises high impact, and is structured to promote dialogue and engagement across our differences.
  • Bios of invited speaker(s) (if applicable)—no more than 100 words for each speaker
  • Intended goals and outcomes of the program
  • Names and contact information for student organizations, campus offices, faculty groups, and/or departments and programs collaborating to produce the program
  • Detailed budget.

Email proposals to presidentsoffice@vassar.edu. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis but should arrive at least one month before the first event date. The President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion[See below] reviews proposals and may accept, reject, or advise and invite resubmission.

Jon Chenette
Interim President
Professor of Music


The President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion: David Bradley, Jon Chenette, Brittney Denley, Calvin Lamothe, Candice Lowe Swift, Ed Pittman, Steve Rock, Chris Roellke, Eréndira Rueda

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, October 12, 2016