Brenda Meehan Social Justice-In-Action Grant

Brenda Meehan Social Justice-In-Action Grant

For Spring 2016

Deadline December 1, 2015

The Brenda Meehan Social Justice-In-Action Grant is a new grant awarded by the Social Justice and Social Policy Program. It is designed to provide support to all members of the faculty for current SJSP courses and newly proposed SJSP courses scheduled for spring 2016 that help students to create a just society through engagement in social justice projects. SJSP will fund three to five grants ranging from $500-$2000.

Proposals will be given preference that apply theory to practice, that absorb students in action in communities beyond the classroom in ways to bring home to them the meaning and value of social justice.

Funds may be used for such purposes as:

• Travel expenses
• Honoraria and travel for guest speakers
• Admission fees (parks, museums, events)
• Equipment and supplies
• Winter break + spring-time supplements for organization and planning
• TA stipends to help coordinate and assess projects

All proposals should include:

1.Your name, contact information, the course syllabus, whether the course is a current SJSP course or a request to be listed as a new SJSP course, and whether this is the first attempt at such student engagement.
2. A 1-2-page summary of how students will actively engage in issues of social justice, a description of any community partners, and a brief description of any guest speakers.  It is not required that you be entirely certain about participating guests and community partners. However, your statement should list at least one alternative option for any off-campus speaker or community partner who has not yet provided a firm advance commitment.
3. An itemized preliminary budget estimate.  Include information about grant money from other sources.
4. A brief description of how student learning will be assessed.

Evaluation Criteria:

•   Potential for educational impact;
•   Potential importance of the project;
•   Overall quality of project plan;
•   Probability of achieving project goal(s) with the resources requested in the time proposed;
•   Degree of innovation in the project;
•   Potential for developing continuing relationships with off-campus individuals and groups. 

All grantees will be asked to submit a 2-page assessment of how successful the project was in reaching its goals by May 1 and be available to meet on Tuesday, May 3. 

Proposals are due on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 and should be submitted to Lauren Jordahl at

Recipients will be announced on December 9, 2015. 

Please address any questions to Melissa Stimell, Chair of the Program in Social Justice and Social Policy at