Campus Dialogue Grants

Campus Dialogue Grants: Realizing Higher Education's Greater Purposes

Under the 2017-2018 RFP, campus dialogue grants of up to $5,000 for a single institution or up to $15,000 for consortia (institutional matching required for both) were offered to provide support for one-year projects based around thematically integrated gatherings or dialogues involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. The 31 awarded grants, chosen from a meritorious group of over 230 proposals, will provide support for one-year projects (calendar year 2017) based around a set of thematically integrated gatherings or “dialogues” involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. Including required matching funds, the dedicated amount for these projects totals over $450,000. BTtoP's support for these projects was made possible through the Endeavor Foundation of New York City.

While the designs of the proposed dialogues and the rosters of intended dialogue participants reflect each institution’s unique campus culture and attentiveness to current issues, ultimately these projects will facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for living meaningfully in the world. BTtoP’s hope is that these dialogues will lead to a change in the narrative around higher education from one that views a college education primarily as a pathway to a better job to one that views higher education as a pathway to a better life.

For their formal grant reporting requirement, awarded Campus Dialogue grantees will be invited and expected to participate as authors on a campus dialogue grant WordPress site: the WordPress site, BTtoP hopes to encourage a forum for building a transparent and collaborative community of practice, as well as foster relationships among grantees.  

Grant Outcomes

For information on grant outcomes, feel free to view this useful infographic!

Awarded Grantees

Alvernia University
Antioch College
Auburn University
California State University Chico
Campus Compact National Office
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
College of the Canyons
CUNY Hostos Community College
Eastern Michigan University
Franklin & Marshall College
Frederick Community College
Georgetown University
Hampshire College
Humboldt State University
Marquette University
Mars Hill University
Messiah College
Mount Holyoke College
Occidental College
Portland State University
Rowan University
Saint Louis University
Santa Clara University
St. John Fisher College
SUNY Buffalo State College
Syracuse University
Tufts University
University of Houston Downtown
University of Southern California
University of Utah
University of Washington Bothell


The following materials were provided as resources for the grantees in crafting their proposals; we hope that they remain useful to anyone hoping to facilitate dialogues and influence positive cultural change on their own campus.