DAC Funding Request

Funding Request Guidelines:

The following guidelines delineate evaluation criteria for proposed projects to be funded by the University of Alaska Anchorage Diversity Action Council.  All proposals must be presented via the DAC Funding Request Form and submitted to the UAA Office of Student Affairs

I. Solicitant Affiliation:

A proposed project must be initiated and sponsored by an official UAA campus organization, department, program, or center.  Such designees must be present and participate in the event.  Events should be held on one of UAA’s campuses and open to all campus community members.


II. Proposal Description:

A proposed project must be related to a diversity issue, aligning with two (2) or more components of the UAA Diversity Mission Statement, UAA Strategic Plan 2017, and/or the UAA International and Intercultural Learning Outcomes.

UAA Diversity Statement

With freedom of speech being at our core, UAA strives to create an inclusive, respectful campus community that promotes and embraces our individual differences.  We are united in our belief that diversity includes understanding and respecting differences in ideas, religion, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, and socioeconomic status.  We celebrate diversity in all of our educational and employment endeavors.

UAA Strategic Plan 2017

Priority A: Strengthen the total UAA instructional program: sustain and develop courses and programs to address the opportunities and challenges of Alaskan life; prepare students to think and work in a rapidly changing world; and increase student participation in research, creative expression, and service learning.

Priority B: Reinforce and rapidly expand UAA’s research mission; strengthen capacity for competitive sponsored research, and give special attention to Alaska, the Pacific Rim, and the circumpolar North.

Priority C: Expand educational opportunity and increase student success: improve transition to higher education with an emphasis on serving Alaska Natives, other underrepresented populations, and first-generation college students; continue to improve the rates at which students attain their educational goals; and substantially increase the number of our students who achieve the highest academic distinction.

Priority D: Strengthen the UAA community: develop campus life and the total college experience; build and maintain our facilities as sustainable models for northern universities; and recruit, retain, and develop the highest quality faculty and staff.

Priority E: Expand and enhance the Public Square: expand our commitment to community engagement, become a national model for community partnerships, and make our campuses the venue of choice for Alaskan public life.

UAA International and Intercultural Learning Outcomes

Understands one’s own culture(s) within an Alaskan, national, and global context.

Applies knowledge and critical thinking to global and cultural issues, trends, and systems, and uses diverse frames of reference to address problems.

Communicates and connects with people in other communities to extend one’s own access to information, experiences, and understanding.

Fosters additional languages, including Alaska Native languages, as a component of the UAA experience.

Develops an informed critical awareness and understanding of cultural differences, similarities, and ambiguities.

Gains an Alaskan, national, and international perspective on careers.


 III. Advertising:

The DAC must be included as a co-sponsor on any advertisement or announcements for the proposed project.  Any reference to the DAC must include its entire name, UAA Diversity Action Council.

Americans with Disability Act: Any DAC funding proposal for an event must address and, when applicable, provide estimated costs for the Americans with Disability Act accessibility accommodations in its budget.  Proposals must include process and timeline to access any Americans with Disability Act accommodations in its advertising.  A DAC-funded event must include the following statement: Interpreting services and other accommodations are available as needed.  Please contact Name, Host Department, Phone Number, E-Mail with at least 48 hours advance notice.  UAA is an EEO/AA employer and educational institution.


IV. Budget:

A proposed project must have additional sponsors, in-kind and additional funding sources.  Include a line-item budget of costs and expected revenues.  Note that admission must be free or significant discounts must be given to UAA community members as a result of the DAC co-sponsorship.

State the names of other co-sponsors and the dollar amounts or in-kind donations that have been committed.  Note that the DAC typically offers up to 50% matching funds.

State a fixed-dollar amount that is requested as well as the UAA account number for the transfer of funds should the request be approved.

The DAC awards block grants and does not fund specified costs such as rental space or airfare.

The DAC does not retroactively fund projects.

Any unused DAC funds must be returned to the DAC within 30 days of the event.


V. Post-Project Commitment:

A one-page summary reporting the outcomes of the project must be submitted to the DAC within 30 days after the event has occurred. Failure to submit such a summary may result in denial of future funding.


VI. Academic Year 2015-16 DAC Meeting Dates:

The Diversity Action Council highly encourages solicitants to present their proposals in person during a corresponding monthly DAC meeting.

  • September 18, 2015
  • October 16, 2015
  • November 20, 2015
  • December 11, 2015
  • January 15, 2016
  • February 19, 2016
  • March 25, 2016
  • April 8, 2016

Granted DAC Funding Requests

  • Granted DAC Funding Requests 2014-2015
    • Alaska Native Oratory Society (AkNOS) Gathering - April 11, 2015
      Requested by Alaska Native Studies
      Amount Granted: $1,000.00

      Purpose:
      Each spring UAA hosts this statewide event, which brings participants from our branch campuses, Anchorage School District, and the Lower Yukon Kuskokwim School district.  It is a celebration of oratory and healing, highlighting the diversity of student voices and experiences in categories such as spoken word/poetry, declamatory speech, real life stories, humor, and song.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: AkNOS celebrates diversity and Alaska Native oral traditions and sharing from a traditional and contemporary standpoint; presenters often address political and social and historical issues.    

    • "Kitchens in Crises: Food, Enemies and Globalization" Lecture - March 19, 2015
      Requested by Dr. Zeynep Kilic, Department of Sociology
      Amount Granted: $200.00

      Purpose: This public lecture was a part of the 2015 UAA Women’s History Month events. Lecturer Dr. Mannur will draw from her research about the concept of palatable cuisines within a militaristic culture and the cultural spaces and narratives in which the figure of the enemy combatant is reimagined.  She will share her findings that suggest that the culinary – an emerging theoretical space within the purview of transnational American studies, offers important ways to think about empire, territory and gender.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: UAA’s international and intercultural student learning outcomes envision that our students apply knowledge and critical thinking to global and cultural issues, trends and systems, through using diverse frames of reference to address problems, and help them develop an informed critical awareness and understand of cultural differences, similarities and ambiguities.  Food, due to its nature as a universal aspect of human life, lends itself well to accomplishing such goals.

      An interview with Dr. Mannur by Lori Townsend of Alaska Public Media is available
      here. 

    • 2015 UAA Black History Month Celebration - January & February 2015
      Requested by UAA Black Student Union Club
      Amount Granted: $3,630.00

      Purpose: To recognize and celebrate history and achievements of Black/African Americans through featured programs/events that will provide an opportunity for the UAA campus community to learn the many ways in which Black/African Americans have contributed to our country and society.

      Relates to Diversity Goals:
      Black History Month is an opportunity to acknowledge, respect, and validate all the ways in which Black/African Americans have contributed to society.  The month will increase cultural, social and intellectual diversity among campus constituents and the community at large.

    • Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month Celebration - November 2014
      Requested by Alaska Native Studies and UAA Office of Campus Diversity and Compliance on behalf of the 2014 UAA Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month Planning Committee
      Amount Granted: $4,792.00

      Purpose: To provide UAA campus constituents and community at large the opportunities to engage in dialogue and participate in programs, events and activities, all of which focus on Alaska's first peoples, cultures, values and traditions.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: The celebration of Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month aligns with UAA's International and Intercultural Learning Outcomes. The month-long celebration provides an opportunity to enhance the educational experience for campus constituents.    

    • Veterans Annual Appreciation Week at UAA - November 10-14, 2014
      Requested by Military & Veteran Student Resource Center (MVSRC) 
      Amount Granted: $3,340.00

      Purpose: To raise awareness of the issues veterans encounter and show appreciation for their service.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: With Veterans Appreciation Week, MVSRC strives to create an inclusive, respectful campus community that promotes and embraces the individual difference UAA veterans have and to celebrate their contributions to the campus and work environments.  

    • Veterans Day Event - November 11, 2014
      Requested by Matanuska-Susitna College Veterans Services
      Amount Granted: $500.00

      Purpose: To recognize veteran students and local area veterans and to educate campus community and general public about the areas veterans impact.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Veterans have their own cultures, voices and unique needs as they transition into the general population. This event allows them to use their voices and speak about their experiences in a safe and non-judgmental environment.    

    • Filipino American History Month Celebration: Fiesta & Film - October 2014
      Requested by Asian Pacific Islander Community Wellness Club
      Amount Granted: $845.00

      Purpose: To recognize and celebrate Filipino American History Month through food, performance, and brief presentations of the history and experience of Filipino Americans.

      Relates to Diversity Goals:
      Through the fiesta, UAA is able to expand and enhance the “public square,” adding to the diversity of the stories of people who settled in the U.S. and helped build Alaska.    

    • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations - September 16 - October 15, 2014
      Requested by UAA Latino Student Union (LSU)
      Amount Granted: $2,154.98

      Purpose: To encourage student, staff, and faculty participation in order to increase the knowledge and raise awareness of the rich cultural heritage of Hispanic and Latinos.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Through a month of celebration (including nine events), LSU will help to create an inclusive, respectful campus community that promotes and embraces individual differences.   

    • Reel Women...A Film Series - September - November 2014
      Requested by Women's Studies Program 
      Amount Granted: $1,250.00

      Purpose: To raise awareness of diverse cultures and specifically the role of women in each culture being celebrated in the monthly heritage and cultural months at UAA.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Through a series of films corresponding with a cultural/heritage month (Hispanic/Latino in September, Filipino in October, and Alaska Native/Native American in November), Women's Studies will showcase films about women, written by women, produced by women and/or directed by women in those cultures.

    • Strong Service with former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong - September 27, 2014
      Requested by UAA Simple Truth Club
      Amount Granted: $1,745.00

      Purpose: To provide UAA students, staff, and faculty as well as the whole Anchorage community, with an opportunity to engage in service to those in need.

      Relates to Diversity Goals:Through serving those in need, volunteers are given a unique perspective into the lives of people with different backgrounds, who often come from under-represented populations.    

  • Granted DAC Funding Requests 2013-2014
    • Native Programs Value Series - September 2013 - May 2014
      Requested by Native Programs: NSS, RRANN, Camai Room, Pathways, & Patience Merculief
      Amount Granted: $750

      Purpose: Providing weekly “Values” lunches (every Thursday from 12-1pm; 10 in each semester) where students share food and discuss traditional values with guest speakers.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Creates familiar comfort for AK Native & American Indian students; provides opportunity for UAA community to learn about and share culture.

    • Asian Pacific Islander Movie Nights - October 17 & 28, November 14 & 25, 2013
      Requested by UAA Asian Pacific Islander Community Wellness Club
      Amount Granted: $400

      Purpose: Providing five “Asian Pacific Islander Movie Nights.”

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Enhances understanding and interest in API culture.

    • UAA’s 2013 Celebration of Alaska Native/Native American
      Heritage Month: November 2013
      Requested by Alaska Native Studies and UAA OCDC on behalf the 2013 UAA Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month Planning Committee
      Amount Granted: $2500

      Purpose: Providing a series of programs, events, and activities during November 2013 to celebrate and educate the community about the rich cultures and traditions of Indigenous Peoples.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Provides UAA campus and surrounding community with opportunities to engage in dialogue and participate in activities which focus on Alaska’s first peoples, cultures, values and traditions.

    • Veterans Day Recognition Events at Mat-Su College - November 11, 2013
      Requested by Mat-Su College Veterans Services
      Amount Granted: $410

      Purpose: To recognize UAA veteran students and local area veterans for their service to our country and community and to educate and inform about the Veterans Day holiday as well as the diversity of our past and present military.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Acknowledges, nurtures, and promotes respect of veterans who are, by virtue of their unique but collaborative experiences, a cultural group.

    • Winter Concert of Traditional Irish Music - January 23, 2014
      Requested by Kenai Peninsula College Multicultural Consortium
      Amount Granted: $500

      Purpose: To bring the campus community together through a concert of traditional Irish music and folklore.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: This event allows for appreciation/acknowledgment of Irish cultural and traditional Irish music, therefor aligning with one of the goals of the DAC to nurture an environment where diverse cultures and beliefs are acknowledged.

    • Alaska Natives and the Ballot: The Road to Civil Rights in Alaska - January 20, 2014
      Requested by Kenai Peninsula College Kachemak Bay Campus
      Amount Granted: $480

      Purpose: To celebrate national Civil Rights Day with a lecture by author Donald Mitchell and discussion facilitated by Michael Hawfield, Associate Professor of History & Political Science at KBC-KPC, regarding the development of the Alaska Native rights to vote.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: This event: (1) celebrates diversity as a historical and political process, (2) explores the on-going tensions in Alaska society that stem from diverse groups living together in community, and (3) explores community solutions for addressing on-going tensions. Aligns with the goal of the DAC to nurture an environment wherein diverse cultures and beliefs are acknowledged, respected and valued.

    • 2014 UAA Black History Month Events
      Months: January, February, March
      Requested by Kenai Peninsula College Kachemak Bay Campus
      Amount Granted: $4,300

      Purpose: To recognize and celebrate history and achievements of Black/African Americans through featured programs and events held throughout February 2014.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Black History Month is an opportunity to acknowledge, respect, and validate all the ways in which Black/African Americans have contributed to society. The month will increase cultural, social and intellectual diversity among campus constituents and the community at large.

    • Alaska Native Oratory Society Statewide Event 2014 - April 12, 2014
      Requested by Alaska Native Studies
      Amount Granted: $2,527

      Purpose: To provide a voice for students that wish to express their experience(s), stories, struggles, victories and share with one another.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: It engages Alaska Native students across the UAA campus, the branch campuses and participants from other MAUs, the Anchorage School District, and other school districts across Alaska.

    • KPC Regional AkNOS Event “Voices of Our Future: The Healing Power of Story": March 27 & 28, 2014
      Requested by Diane Taylor on behalf of Kenai Peninsula College
      Amount Granted: $800

      Purpose: To have Native and non-Native high school and KPC students in the Kenai/Soldotna area understand the complications and issues surrounding our diverse population.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: This event reflects the significance of appreciating Native Alaskan cultural traditions, and in particular – the oral tradition.

    • Douglas Jacoby Lecture Series - April 4 - 5, 2014
      Requested by the Simple Truth Club
      Amount Granted: $1,010

      Purpose: To tackle a number of difficult topics relating to Christian faith with the goal of helping people to think deeper about their spirituality.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Supports DAC’s mission statement by celebrating faith as one aspect of our diversity and promotes the development of campus life because it invites its participants to explore their faith more deeply.

    • Third Annual SafeZone Celebration Week - April 10 - 18, 2014
      Requested by SafeZone
      Amount Granted: $2,190

      Purpose: To celebrate UAA and the Anchorage communities' Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally (LGBTQA) populations. Through the launch, SafeZone hopes to showcase UAA's inclusive community and the great work that the Anchorage community is doing. It's also a time to show the great partnership between UAA and outside entities.  The programs will be both educational and social in nature, giving UAA staff, faculty, students, and community members an opportunity to learn, support and shine.

      Relates to Diversity Goals: Increases the overall campus community's understanding and awareness of issues faced by the GLBTQA population and other marginalized persons, which is in total alignment with UAA's Diversity Mission, which strives to create an inclusive and respectful campus community that embraces and celebrates differences.

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