Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Fine Arts Diversity Committee (FADC) is pleased to announce a new initiative, funded through dedicated funds from the Provost’s Office, to encourage cross-college collaboration on diversity and inclusion through sponsorship of distinguished visitors to the UT campus and College of Fine Arts (COFA).

The FADC supports and collaborates with the COFA units in the design and implementation of strategies that advance diversity.  By actively establishing and fostering a culture of inclusivity throughout the Fine Arts community, the committee assists in the development of recruitment and retention strategies for underrepresented students, faculty and staff; provides forums for mutual respect, an appreciation of differences and cross-cultural understandings; and prepares our community for a changing global society.

Proposals are welcomed from College of Fine Arts faculty and staff for guest artists and speakers whose presence on the UT campus will further the mission above.  Up to $1,000 will be available for each proposal originating from a single department or academic unit of the College of Fine Arts; proposals involving collaboration between multiple departments/units may be funded up to an additional $1,000 for the project (for a $2,000 total maximum).  Proposals must be submitted at least eight weeks before the proposed residency with complete information.

Proposing faculty will be asked to document the residency and help assess its effectiveness in reaching a wide constituency across the COFA and beyond. All proposals must clearly indicate how the guest residency will further the goals and objectives of the FADC.  In addition to this primary criterion, consideration will be given to proposals that include a career-related presentation through Fine Arts Career Services, involve co-sponsorship including financial support by other University or community partners, and/or include engagement with teacher-education classes.

Proposals will be reviewed as received by a COFA/FADC review team, and the committee will respond within two weeks of proposal submission.

For help or questions, please contact Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion John Yancey.

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