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Campus Life Enrichment Committee Funding

Background

CLEC, funded by Student Fees, funds intercultural programs that align with and support Pillar 3 of the Georgia Southern University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence. The purpose of CLEC is to aid in the enhancement of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture within the Georgia Southern community. This includes campus-wide lectures that are both general and academic, as well as lectures geared towards individual departments, organizations, and college. Georgia Southern faculty, staff, and students are further encouraged to submit proposals requesting funding for guest speakers, exhibitions, performances, or other events which will be held on campus. The funds can also be used to implement initiatives that, while they may not be events, impact the students on all three GS campuses directly. Events can also be available for Statesboro and Savannah community member attendance.

Georgia Southern University defines Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Underrepresented Minority Groups, key terms to keep in mind, as such:

  • Diversity: Diversity refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religion/spirituality, age, (dis)ability, military/veteran status, political perspective, and associational preferences.
  • Equity: Equity refers to fair and just practices and policies that ensure all campus community members can thrive. Equity is different from equality in that equality implies treating everyone as if their experiences are the same. Being equitable means acknowledging and addressing structural inequalities — historic and current — that advantage some and disadvantage others. Equal treatment results in equity only if everyone starts with equal access to opportunities.
  • Inclusion: Inclusion refers to a campus community where all members are and feel respected, have a sense of belonging, and can participate and achieve to their potential. While diversity is essential, it is not enough. An institution can be both diverse and non-inclusive at the same time, thus a sustained practice of creating inclusive environments is necessary for success.
  • Underrepresented Minority Groups: Defined as a group whose percentage of the population in a given group is lower than their percentage of the population in the country. At Georgia Southern University, our working definition of a URM is someone whose racial, multiracial or ethnic makeup is from one of the following: African American/Black African/Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

You can find more key terms including the ones listed above in the Inclusive Excellence Action Plan.

Call for Proposals

Up to $1,500 may be requested per event/proposal. Georgia Southern faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit proposals requesting funding for guest speakers, exhibitions, performances, or other events/initiatives which will be held on campus during the academic year. Applications will be reviewed on a recurring basis. It is highly recommended that event proposals are submitted two months prior to the month of your engagement to give ample time for review, decision making and funding processing.

Important criteria the committee considers when reviewing proposals:

  1. Clear, concise proposals with well-articulated goals and correct grammar and spelling have the best chance of being understood and valued by the review committee;
  2. Proposals with multiple sources of funding are given greater weight; and
  3. Proposals with an itemized budget for CLEC requested funds as well as non-CLEC requested funds and a clear justification for the amounts being requested have the best chance of being understood and valued by the review committee.

Applications are currently available. Review Periods are as follows:

Fall Review Period Beginning DatesSpring Review Period Beginning Dates
September 6, 2021February 7, 2022
October 4, 2021March 7, 2022
November 1, 2021April 4, 2022

To submit a proposal, use the link above to complete the application. If you have any questions, please send an email to the CLEC graduate assistant, Anderson Johnson, at anderson-johnson@georgiasouthern.edu.

New Standards

Additionally, the Campus Life Enrichment Committee will be implementing new standards for proposals. Moving forward the following items must be included:

1) Collaborative Partners: Proposers must list collaborative partners and describe the capacity in which they will contribute to the project.

*Priority will be given to proposals with 2 or more partners*

2) Student Organization: Faculty proposers must work with a student organization sponsor.

3) Student Involvement: Proposers must describe the capacity in which students will be involved in the program outside of attending (i.e. helping with advertising, planning or set up, etc.).

4) Learning Outcomes and Inclusive Excellence: Proposals need to reflect at least one learning outcome related to inclusive excellence (pillar 3 of the strategic plan). Be sure to describe the specific objective. See Strategic Plan Performance Excellence to download the strategic plan.

5) Originality: Priority will be given to original and innovative proposals.

To submit a proposal, use the following link. If you have any questions, please send an email to the CLEC graduate assistant, Anderson Johnson, at anderson-johnson@georgiasouthern.edu.

Committee Members

FacultyTerm Ends
Pamela Z. SearsSpring 2022
Matthew HashiguchiSpring 2022
Dr. Virginie Ems-BleneauSpring 2022
Dr. Larisa ElishaSpring 2022
StudentsTerm Ends
TBASpring 2022
TBASpring 2022
TBASpring 2022
TBASpring 2022
TBASpring 2022

Last updated: 7/26/2021