Inclusive Excellence Curriculum Enhancement Grant

This grant supports the development of academic innovations that engage diversity, equity, and inclusion in new or existing curricula in CHSS graduate and undergraduate degree programs and in CHSS offerings in the Mason Core. Keeping in mind that building and sustaining an inclusive curriculum is not only a matter of course content but also one of course delivery, this grant is aimed at supporting sustained transformation in both what we teach, and how we teach. Thus we are supporting curriculum development, holistic curricular reviews, and revisions. We are also supporting innovative teaching, learning, and student research engagements whether campus- or community-based.  

Proposals in all of the categories should accomplish one or more of the following:  

  • Contextualize inequality within broader contexts, and promote students' understanding of the practices, policies, and structures that result in inequality; 
  • Center the voices, experiences, and contributions of historically and emergent marginalized populations; challenge prevailing narratives of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and ability; promote empowerment and self-determination; 
  • Reflect inclusive pedagogical approaches, including when appropriate multiple modes of teaching and engagement––digital and multi-modal formats––that continue to push the boundaries of how we authentically engage with students, collaborate with community members, and increase accessibility to higher education.
  • For the 2022-2023 academic year we are also funding course design and enhancement projects that incorporate/promote community engagement, broadly defined, into the learning process (for example, in undergraduate capstone courses)

Application Details 

This funding opportunity is open to individuals or teams of CHSS full-time, tenure-line and instructional term faculty who are committed to creating, building, and sustaining inclusive, innovative, and transformative learning practices across the CHSS curriculum.  

This is a three-year impact initiative tied to the university's and college’s inclusive excellence goals. Academic year 22-23 is the 2nd year of this initiative.

We invite individuals or teams of full-time faculty to submit proposals in one of three areas (below). All submissions will be through Qualtrics surveys.  


1) Proposals to develop new courses that focus on historically marginalized populations, including populations in the Global South and non-Western world; courses that are intersectional, and/or expand curricular capacity for inclusive excellence. The course delivery can be face-to-face, hybrid, online synchronous, or online asynchronous (modality neutral)––however, justification should be included for modality of delivery, and modality choice should be intentional and take into account course level and questions of accessibility.   

November 1 (For Fall 23 catalog) and April 15 (for Fall 24 catalog)

To apply, complete and submit this survey:  

 Please note: grant funds will not be paid until course has completed approval cycle.

2) Curriculum Revision Proposal (recommended as team proposals).  Should include a group of several courses that are part of an existing program (a CHSS major or minor, certificate, other), a rationale, and a timeline for planned revision (taking into account college and university-level curriculum committees and, if required, SCHEV). This category is aimed at revising/refreshing a set of courses within a disciplinary, sub-disciplinary, or an interdisciplinary core beginning with the fundamental questions: Does the content provide diverse perspectives, including those that are often marginalized? Do students have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in innovative modes, or, for example, using interdisciplinary methodologies?   

Deadline for Submission of Intent: November 15 for Summer 2023 

To apply, complete and submit this survey:  


3) Curricular and Co-curricular innovations that promote transformative learning through anti-racist community engagement––these are defined as academic enhancements including but not limited to experiential learning programs, collaborative student research projects, community-based projects, applied research, and cooperative education partnerships. The proposal should fully address how groups of students will be engaged in the proposed curricular or co-curricular learning opportunity, how this is tied to a course/degree program, and should also include a plan for sustainability.  

Deadlines for submission: November 15, April 15  

To apply, complete and submit this survey: 

Note on funding and Allowable Expenses 

-Category 1 is a stipend to be paid on completion of grant requirements. Each notice of award to grantee will include the deadline for meeting requirements and expected payment.  
-Category 2 is a summer stipend.  
-Category 3 requires a budget that may include expenses related to the development and/or pilot of the proposed activity, including:   

  • Travel for faculty or students to appropriate libraries, archives, and field sites for the development or pilot of the activity 
  • Books, software, and digital media related to activity  

Expenditures must follow all Mason purchasing guidelines and be coordinated with department/program administrative staff. 




New Course Development


Curriculum Revision




Purpose Develop new courses for CHSS degrees or Mason Core, to incorporate DEI SLOs and/or content, seek approval design portion of existing course, to incorporate DEI SLOs and/or content Holistic review and revision of existing grad and undergrad degree core curriculum, to incorporate DEI SLOs and/or content Project/program/activity involving partnerships, collaborations,  community engage-ments with students; tied to existing course(s)
Required for Application (Submit via Qualtrics)  Course proposal following CHSS curriculum commitee


Submission of Intent outlining scope of revision, personnel, and budget

Narrative goals and participants of proposed project/ program/ activity; budget
Required if granted submission of course to Curriculum Committee; assessment  submission to appropriate committees; assessment program development; pilot semester; assessment 
Funding $1200 stipend upon meeting above reqs  $1000 stipend per participant summer stipend Up to $4000; submit budget  
Deadlines Nov 1, April 15

Nov 15, April 15

Nov 15, April 15