The University of Iowa

Spring 2019 Grant Awards

The Office of Outreach and Engagement has one of the few internal grant programs that encourages intercollegiate collaboration for activities across the state. Annually, the office awards $90,000 during three different cycles through three grant programs: the Community Impact Grant, the Outreach and Engagement Micro Grant, and the Theme Semester Supplemental Grant.

The Spring 2019 Cycle of all three of these grant programs just concluded and provides an excellent sample of the kind of work that the office supports.

Community Impact Grants support substantive projects that can include community-engaged research and scholarship or staff outreach. We realize facilitating student work outside of Johnson County not only takes more effort, but also costs more. This grant is designed to assist with those costs, up to $10,000. The following received Community Impact Grants:

  • Aiden M. Bettine, a graduate student in History and Library and Information Science, received $7,000 for the “Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa.”
  • Lucas J. Carr, an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Physiology, received $8,000 for the development of a service-learning program to increase physical activity in Iowans.
  • Jennifer Sherer, the director of the Labor Center, received $10,000 for the “Iowa Worker Rights Project.”

The Office awards Micro Grants to support outreach and engagement travel, events, and conference attendance that impact community engagement. While smaller in size (up to $1,500), this grant enables UI graduate students, faculty, and staff to get outside of Iowa to learn more about national trends or present on their own work. The following received a Micro Grant:

  • Sara Reed, a graduate student in Mathematics, received $1,500 for the “Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day.”

As the spring semester has arrived, so has “American Dream: A Theme Semester.” This year’s theme asks how can the university equitably serve in the 21st century. What do Americans desire? How can we imagine an American dream that embodies the values and aspirations of all Americans? How do we ensure that all Americans have an equitable say, that all exert agency over their lives, that we treat everyone with compassion and respect? How do we imagine a dream that replaces exclusion with inclusion? What does the American Dream mean to the most diverse generation in this country’s history? The Office of Outreach and Engagement is proud to support five projects that address these questions from diverse perspectives. The following received Theme Semester Supplemental Grants in the Spring 2019 Cycle:

  • Thomas Arce applied on behalf of the Division of Student Life, The Office of the Dean of Students; Multicultural and International Student Support & Engagement Team; and the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC). He received $250 for the viewing of Dolores: Rebel, Activist, Feminist, & Mother at FilmScene and related programming.
  • Brook Clayton, an undergraduate studying in the Department of English and Department of Journalism/Mass Communications, partnered with Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement Gigi Durham in her application. She received $500 for the “Community Workshop Series: Writing About the American Dream.”
  • Katie Hassman, the undergraduate engagement librarian for the University of Iowa Libraries, received $1,000 for the “Imagining Future Histories: African American Perspectives & New American Dreams” program.
  • Elizabeth Oakes, an associate professor in the School of Music, received $1,000 for the “The Many Face(t)s of Hip-Hop” program.
  • Vero Rose Smith, the assistant curator of the Stanley Museum of Art’s Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project, received $750 for the “Going Home Conversation Series.”

The Office of Outreach and Engagement congratulates all of the grant awardees. The Summer 2019 Cycle of the Community Impact Grant is due February 1. More information can be found on our grants page.


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