Diversity Research

Mays is continually keeping up with diversity issues, under the guidance of Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Annie McGowan.

Innovations in Inclusion, Diversity and Accountability Grant

2017 Call for Proposals


Mays Business School values inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability within the campus community. The objective of this grant is to promote the execution of sustainable programs that further the Mays objective of “developing transformational leaders with vision and strong business competencies who exemplify selfless service and value diversity and inclusion.”


Mays Business School staff, faculty (academic professional track, tenure track, tenured), and students — are eligible to apply. Student-led projects should identify faculty or staff sponsor(s).

Funding Amounts

Awards may vary in amount up to $5,000.00 depending on the scope and impact of the project. The total available funding is $25,000. Funds cannot be used for TAMU faculty salaries. Funds unused by August 31, 2018 will be returned to the college.

Types of Support

Funding is to be used to develop programs that will advance the college’s mission to promote a diverse and inclusive climate. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative recruiting programs targeting underrepresented groups
  • Use of virtual spaces to address climate issues
  • Innovative pedagogical training and/ or curriculum development and implementation
  • Workshop, lecture, and critical dialogue series
  • Civic engagement initiatives in partnership with targeted student groups
  • Staff development programs relating to climate and diversity

Application Materials

Full proposals should be limited to 2 pages (excluding budget). Additional background information may be provided. The proposals should describe the following:

 Aims and Objectives: What are you proposing to do? What are the objectives of this project?

  • Methods and Strategies: What methods will be used to implement the project and what is the rationale for using them? What are the strategies and methods to ensure that participation in this project is achieved?
  • Significance: Why is this project important and significant to carry out? What needs are being met?
  • Challenges: What are the challenges you expect to encounter in implementing and reaching desired outcomes and how will you address them?
  • Evaluation Plan: How will the success of the project be evaluated? What are the anticipated outcomes from this project? Funded projects will be required to provide a detailed final report and evaluation.
  • Budget Justification: Provide a budget and/or explain how and when funds will be spent.

Department Head signature on each proposal will be accepted as evidence of support from the host department. Proposals from student organizations should include the faculty advisor’s signature.

Assessment Criteria

The proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Potential to Enhance Diversity, Climate, & Inclusion – Does this project have the potential to improve the diversity, climate, equity, accountability, or/and inclusion objectives of our campus and college? How valuable is this approach in doing so? (25%)
  2. Impact – Will this project have short-term and long-term impact on campus climate, inclusion, and diversity? Which target groups will it be serving? (25%)
  3. Feasibility – Is this project realistic in its goals? Is it feasible to achieve the proposed outcomes within the time period and with the requested resources? (20%)
  4. Collaboration – Is this project partnering/benefiting from the strengths of other units on campus? (10%)
  5. Sustainability – Will this project have sustainable impact on campus climate, inclusion, and diversity beyond the term of the grant? (20%)

Application Process

Deadline is October 30, 2017. Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. to Angela Catlin at acatlin@mays.tamu.edu. Please direct all inquiries to Annie McGowan, Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, at AMcGowan@mays.tamu.edu.