PULLMAN, Wash. — A program to enhance Washington State University
research and studies done by or about Asian American Pacific Islanders has
been established.

The WSU Asian American Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association
funds and supports the program to enhance diversity at WSU, said Esther
Choy, association chair. Grants for as much as $750 may be awarded for each
accepted applicant, she said. Grant proposals are being accepted from WSU
faculty and staff members until Jan. 28.

“The grants offer support to WSU staff and faculty interested in the
complexity and diversity of issues affecting Asian American Pacific Islanders,”
said Alice Coil, association treasurer. “The grants will also help in defining and
refining the roles of Asian American Pacific Islanders in higher education.”

Grant proposal categories include enhancement research, enhancement
teaching and professional development grants. Grants will be given by the
committee based on selection criteria including activities:

— enhancing awareness of the complexity and diversity faced by Asian
American and Pacific Islanders in higher education, especially the status,
experiences and issues of AAPI faculty and staff on American campuses;

— exploring inter-group and intra-group race relations with the potential for
leveraging academic and community efforts in attaining social justice;

— analyzing and assessing policies and practices that ensure access and
equity for Asian American and Pacific Islanders in higher education, with
attention to under-represented and at-risk ethnic groups;

— enhancing the effort of curriculum integration by highlighting work by and
about Asian American and Pacific Islanders that more fully and accurately
reflects their experiences;

— involving research or studies conducted by AAPI faculty and staff.

According to Choy, grant proposals may include requests to fund publication
costs, research materials, travel expenses or student support wages. However,
the program will not fund salaries. Also, the association will not accept a
proposal or proposals from a previously funded program or programs.

Those submitting grants proposals must include their vitae, describe in
400-500 words the activities proposed for funding, describe how the activities
might enhance WSU’s diversity effort, and more specifically on how it might
impact the AAPI community. Proposals must also describe the budgetary
requirement for the program, including itemizing expenses and revenue
associated with the activity, and describe how research findings, teaching
materials or conference proceedings will be shared or disseminated.

For information, contact Choy at 509/335-1986 or estherkc@wsu.edu.

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