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Funding for Anti-Racism Activities – Call for Proposals


Dear FSU Members,

This is just a reminder about the below call/email that went out earlier.   Please consider applying!

As part of the (yet to be ratified) contract negotiated by the FSU and UMB administration, the university has agreed to establish a “$25,000 pool of funding in each year [of the contract that] shall be allocated to and distributed by the Provost’s office in consultation with the FSU to support anti-racism activities for faculty and librarians.”  This $25,000 pool applies to each of the last two years of the contract, FY22 and FY23.  The challenge for the first year is that FY22 ends on June 30th – meaning the money for year one must be spent by then.

With this is mind, the FSU – in consultation with the Provost’s office -- is calling for proposals from faculty and librarians to support anti-racism activities at UMass Boston.  Please submit a 1-page proposal (plus a short budget) along with a CV by February 18th to; group proposals are encouraged, especially from members of groups historically underrepresented in U.S. universities. The proposals will be evaluated by an FSU committee before the Provost’s office makes a final decision (hopefully by the end of February).   Given that this is the first year, and we are under a time crunch, we encourage faculty/librarians to think about anti-racism initiatives in broad and innovative ways – with the idea that proposed events, trainings, education, talks, research, etc. must be completed (and money spent) by June 30th, 2022.    



For information on the FSU, links to our contract and bargaining updates, and a calendar of events, see the FSU webpage