January 16, 2019 | Bringing It #7: RFP News and AAC&U Annual Meeting Invitations

Dear friends,

We hope you had a restful, joyful break over the holidays.  This week’s Bringing It brings you important notices about BTtoP grant opportunities and BTtoP events at the upcoming Annual Meeting of AAC&U (Atlanta, January 23-26, 2019).  We hope you can join us in Atlanta!

Final Reminder to Apply for Our Multi-Institutional Innovation (MIG) Grants

Last December, we announced a new funding opportunity for colleges, universities, and other higher education organizations: Multi-Institutional Innovation Grants, with awards of up to $7,000. These grants will fund multi-institutional collaborations that use innovative practices, programs, policies, or research to advance BTtoP’s commitments to educating the whole student, equity and inclusion, and creative innovation. Proposals are due by Monday, February 4th, and awards will be announced by March 15, 2019. For the complete RFP, please visit: https://www.bttop.org/grants-funding/funding-opportunities.

Some of you have asked us whether non-profit organizations or high schools can serve as partners on MIG grants. If the concept of the proposed collaboration also calls for the participation of non-higher education and non-academic institutions, like high schools or non-profits, they may serve as partners in the project, so long as the majority of partners are colleges and universities.

Stay tuned for a new Request for Proposals: AMP Grants

In mid-February, BTtoP will issue an RFP for a new grant opportunity:  Amplifying, Disseminating, and Increasing the Public Reach of Research and Practice (AMP) Grants. AMP grants will offer between $500 and $3,000 for activities that increase the public reach of work previously supported by BTtoP. These grants may be used to support a range of activities, including campus-to-campus consulting visits, multi-campus convenings, public writing, and the release of digital and media products. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis starting March 1, 2018, with award announcements beginning on April 1, 2018. Once released, the full RFP will be available on BTtoP’s Funding Opportunities page. We hope you’ll stay tuned and start brainstorming!

Please Join Us at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting

Our partner, AAC&U, is gearing up for yet another Annual Meeting, this year’s to be held in Atlanta, GA from January 23-26, 2019. We will be hosting three fishbowl discussions and a reception, and we warmly invite you to join us for all four.

Here’s a brief look at our fishbowl sessions.  For scheduling details and speakers’ information, visit our website or the Annual Meeting conference site:

  • Student Well-Being and the Equity Imperative, featuring Adriana Aldana, Tim Eatman, Katharine Broton, and Laurie Schreiner
  • Work and the Purposes of College, featuring Laura Perna, Gilda Sheppard, Allen Delong, and Caroline Coward
  • Building the Community of Change: An Open Call to Envision the Future of Bringing Theory to Practice (and Higher Education), featuring Tessa Hicks Peterson, Michelle Fine, Joyce Bylander, and David Scobey

On the evening of the 24th, starting at 7:00 PM, we will be hosting old friends and new allies at our annual reception in the Hyatt Regency’s Inman Room. We hope you can attend this much anticipated and treasured event!

Bring Your Voices (Annual Meeting edition)

As you know, we see this Bringing It listserv as a space for hearing from members of the BTtoP network.  For anyone attending the AAC&U Annual Meeting, here’s an invitation: send us a brief notice (75 words) of the conference session or conversation that you found most valuable, and why.  We want to know what made the biggest difference to you personally and our community as a whole. We will compile and post them in future issues of Bringing It.  

We hope that the new year finds you well and well-energized.  Thank you for the wonderful work you do as educators.  May it flourish.

Best,

Caitlin, Mercedes, and David