Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

Apply for Anti-Racist Pedagogy Micro-Grant

The Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (FCIP) has funding to award micro-grants to individual instructors to create content related to anti-racist pedagogy (ARP) for use by the wider university community.  Anti-Racist Pedagogy aims to address unequal access and power dynamics in the classroom to create a more respectful, responsive and mutually transformative learning environment for every student.   

FCIP is committed to providing support and training to Loyola’s instructors in service of this model of education as we prepare our students to be advocates for social justice and persons of conscience, competence, compassion and commitment, for and with others. As Loyola continues to make institutional commitments and adjustments toward anti-racism, we must also equip instructors with the knowledge and skills to enact ARP in their course design and classrooms. To accomplish this, we want to showcase anti-racist teaching approaches instructors are using in their courses and classrooms. 

If you would like to share your examples of anti-racist pedagogy, apply for a micro-grant from FCIP. Faculty stories in the form of short videos or audio files will be posted on FCIP’s website and promoted to instructors across the university. Each content piece should tell the audience what strategy was used; what, how and why it was used; and how it turned out for you and your students. After listening to your examples, your colleagues should walk away with easy ways to incorporate some of your strategies into their own teaching.  The grant money is intended to compensate you for the creation of a video or podcast, supplemental materials or templates, or collaboration on a workshop with colleagues. Compensation, described below, will be disbursed by late August

Instructors are invited to create content related to one of the following topics within ARP or propose their own topics in the application form. 

  • Syllabus design 
    • Creating inclusive, student-friendly language and policies in the syllabus (e.g., policies on pronouns, microaggressions, diversity statements) 
    • Providing policies about student support and identity acceptance in the syllabus 
    • How to decolonize a syllabus  
  • Course content 
    • Co-creating course content with students (e.g., rubrics, assignments, deadlines, etc.) 
    • Representing a wide range of non-white voices in course materials 
    • Developing learning outcomes that include attention to anti-racism and other systems of oppression 
    • Using affordable and accessible course materials (e.g., open educational resources, other low-cost resources)  
  • Assignments  
    • Designing assignments or activities aimed at increasing awareness of racism and anti-racism   
    • Creating flexibility and inviting creativity with assignments  
  • Class facilitation and student support 
    • Setting classroom group norms together 
    • Building community through intentional activities that build trust 
  • Addressing microaggressions 
    • Learning students’ names and other ways to fully invite each student into the space 
    • Re-framing familiar class components for maximum access for all (e.g., office hours as student hours) 

We welcome examples from full or part-time instructors from any discipline. (Note: Content is due by August 1, 2022, but earlier submissions are encouraged). Applications will be vetted by the FCIP co-directors and micro-grants awarded based on quality of application and topic diversity.

  • Week of June 13: First micro-grant winners selected. Applications stay open on a rolling basis, with preference given to applications received by June 13.
  • Week of June 20: Micro-grant winners will attend a brief Zoom meeting about the project to:
    • Learn the protocol for video or audio file submission and see the Teams site.
    • Learn about the protocol for what must be included in submission and how submission will be reviewed.
    • Coordinate video structure and scope with colleagues who have been awarded the micro- grant to ensure that there is a diverse set of topics.
    • There is only one required meeting for each micro-grant recipient.
  • August 1: Content due to FCIP.
  • August 15: Content roll-out on FCIP's website, with major promotional push during August 2022 FOTL conference.

Disbursement of compensation will occur by late August 2022. This table describes how micro-grant recipients will be compensated.

  • 15-minute video, vlog, or podcast  

    $750/each 

    Instructors create a video or audio file on a topic related to ARP with additional resources (e.g., worksheets, reference guides, templates) to be housed together in an online ARP library on FCIP’s website 

    60-minute sessions 

    $250/each 

    In teams of 2, instructors co-lead a 60-minute workshop on their prepared topics related to ARP during fall 2022 semester 

If you have questions, please email facultycenter@luc.edu.