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The Bridging Differences Grant program will support, develop and launch multiple new initiatives that support the Bridging Differences mission and vision. Recognizing the need for seed funding to support initiatives that can meet this need, we are soliciting requests from Tufts students, faculty and staff for funding of events, projects, and programs that can bridge differences across Tufts. Our plan is to enable our campus community to develop programming that will broadly support and develop structures, processes, and skills for students, faculty, and staff to engage constructively across differences.

Vision Statement
Our vision is to enable all Tufts community members to experience a sense of belonging that bridge gaps in understanding and communication.

Mission Statement
Our shared goal is to improve understanding and engagement across divergent perspectives at Tufts, through effective communication and programming. Our focus is on all members of our community—students, faculty, and staff, irrespective of race and ethnicity, gender, age, sexual and gender identities or expression, physical ability, religion, political perspective, geographic origin and language background, or socioeconomic status. We seek to foster an appreciation that lessons learned at Tufts can be applied to advance inclusiveness and impact in society.

Goal
The goal of the Bridging Differences initiative is to improve understanding and engagement across divergent perspectives at Tufts, through effective communication and programming. Our focus is on all members of our community—students, faculty, and staff, with an appreciation that lessons learned at Tufts can be applied in other contexts.

Any Tufts student, faculty or staff member may apply for up to $2,000 in funding for projects that will be implemented in the spring and summer 2019 academic year. We also encourage submissions that represent projects between multiple participants (ie. collaborative projects between students, faculty and staff, cross-school projects).

We especially seek proposals that:

  1. Demonstrate innovative ways to shift existing patterns of communication and engagement.
  2. Address a community-identified need that can deepen understanding and inclusion.
  3. Improve and support dialogue and communication across the spectrum of differences and viewpoints in diverse settings.
  4. Cultivate closer connections among students in the face of our diversity of identity, values, beliefs and ideologies.
  5. Build capacities that help live out the fullness of our diversity.
  6. Overcome interpersonal barriers that currently limit open-minded conversation by inspiring curiosity and greater understanding of others.
  7. Identify and address structural and institutional barriers to developing relationships across differences.
  8. Foster relationships between students and faculty to support personal and professional growth.

If you have questions in anticipation of the funding deadline, please contact Provost@Tufts.edu.

Thank you to those who submitted proposals for the first round of funding. Applications have now closed. Selected proposals will be contacted by the review committee in mid-February.